A place associated with the historical and cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand after 1900 is not automatically protected, but can be declared an archaeological site.
What is a declared site?
The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 defines an archaeological site as a place associated with human activity before 1900.
A place associated with human activity after 1900 can be declared an archaeological site if it provides significant evidence relating to the historical and cultural heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand and can be investigated by archaeological techniques.
Why declare a site?
Declaring an archaeological site gives the same legal protection as that given to an archaeological site as defined in the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
We are passionate about the protection of heritage and encourage you to get in touch if you have a site you would like to have declared.
Guidelines: declaring an archaeological site
Declared archaeological sites
Upper Nevis, Central Otago