Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga & the Covid Protection Framework (aka the Traffic Light System)

At this time, we do not require Vaccine Passes for entry to our offices, visitor sites, cafes and shops.  This may be reviewed in line with our Covid-19 policy settings. Check our website for the most up-to-date information and please stay home if you’re unwell. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website

To help with the continuing well-being of our communities, all our staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated.  We are continuing to maintain other public health controls such as the use of masks, physical distancing and basic hygiene.

We will continue to follow the advice and regulations of the government and will continue to review our policies as the Covid-19 situation evolves.

You can also visit many of our heritage places digitally at www.visitheritage.org.nz, and we have a growing section of our collection items online. You can visit these at https://collection.heritage.org.nz/explore


What the traffic lights mean when visiting our properties and workplaces

At RED, action is needed to protect at-risk people and protect our health system from an unsustainable number of hospitalisations. For those of our properties and workplaces that are open at red, here’s how it works:

  • Wear a mask. You must legally wear a face covering while inside.
  • Maintain physical distancing. You must stay 1 metre from people not part of your immediate family and friend group.
  • Sanitise. Dispensers are located throughout properties and workplaces, and we’re also cleaning continually.
  • Follow Covid-19 health measures. Stay home if you’re sick, cover coughs with your elbow, and wash your hands regularly.
  • Guided tours: Group sizes will be managed to ensure physical distancing.
  • Events: All HNZPT events will follow the requirements of the venue. For private events held at an HNZPT site, follow Government guidelines.
  • There may be capacity limits in place for the property or workplace at Red, when capacity is limited to 200 people based on 1-metre physical distancing.

At ORANGE, there will be community transmission, with pressure on our health system. The whole of health system is focusing its resources, but can manage primary care, public health, and hospitals. There may also be an increasing risk for at-risk people. For those of our properties and workplaces that are open at orange, here’s how it works:

  • Wear a mask. You must legally wear a face covering while inside.
  • Follow Covid-19 health measures. Stay home if you’re sick, cover coughs with your elbow, and wash your hands regularly.
  • Guided tours: Group sizes will be managed to ensure physical distancing.
  • Events: All HNZPT events will follow the requirements of the venue.  For private events held at an HNZPT site, follow Government guidelines.

At GREEN COVID-19 is across New Zealand, including sporadic imported cases. Community transmission is limited and hospitalisations at a manageable level.  For our properties and workplaces, here’s how it works:

  • Wear a mask. You are asked to wear a face covering while inside if you are not eating or drinking.

Are HNZPT offices open?

In general, our offices will be open under all traffic light colours in the Covid Protection Framework. However, some staff may be working from home and visitors will be limited so please contact us to make arrangements before visiting.


FAQs

Do you require double vaccination from Covid-19 (Vaccine Pass) to visit an HNZPT property or workplace?

From December 10, 2021 Yes, unless you have an official exemption. Children under 12 are exempt, because they currently can’t be vaccinated.

Will you allow exemptions?

We acknowledge that not everyone can be vaccinated, and our policy allows for exemptions as defined by the Ministry of Health.

How will you check vaccination status?

We will use My Vaccine Pass to check vaccination status.

What if my phone has died, or I’ve forgotten my printed pass?

If you cannot show your Vaccine Pass, you will not be able to enter the property or workplace.

Can I use a negative Covid-19 test instead of the vaccine pass?

Not under the current guidelines.

Can contractors visit HNZPT properties and workplaces?

Yes. With a Vaccine Pass, contractors are able to visit a staffed property or workplace. For unstaffed properties, a Vaccine Pass will not necessarily be required.

I have feedback, who can I talk to?

Please contact the property directly, or email information@heritage.org.nz


Related links


National State of Emergency and Archaeological Authorities

The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 makes it unlawful for any person to modify or destroy, or cause to be modified or destroyed, the whole or any part of an archaeological site without the prior authority of Heritage New Zealand.  

Our archaeologists and pouarahi are working (some remotely) and the authority process is running as normal at present. Currently we are in 'working days' as defined by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.  Read more about how the normal authority process is working under lockdown.

When a civil defence, local or national state of emergency is notified such as has occurred with the national Covid-19 response, a simplified and streamlined process - the Emergency Archaeological Authority process - may apply to quickly consider work that affects archaeological sites under Subpart 3 Emergency Authorities, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014. 

Covid-19 Pandemic, 2020

If you believe that an emergency archaeological authority is needed, please first discuss the circumstances for which the emergency authority is needed with either:

  • Vanessa Tanner, Manager Archaeology  phone 027 6089537, or
  • Frank van der Heijden, Senior Archaeologist  027 6889741.

Please note the emergency process will be available ONLY for work needed on archaeological sites to enable essential businesses to continue to be provided or maintained.   Please see www.covid19.govt.nz

Find out more about the emergency archaeological authority process during the Covid-19 response.