Keep up to date with Heritage New Zealand's projects, properties and activities by reading our media releases.

  • Heritage value of distinctive Gordon Wilson Flats detailed 17/09/2020

    The distinctive McLean Flats and Gordon Wilson Flats in central Wellington are being proposed for heritage recognition by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

  • Wellington Central Library proposed for heritage recognition 11/09/2020

    The public has the opportunity to give their views on the Wellington Central Library following a proposal by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga to recognise it as a Category 1 historic place.

  • Let the good times roll – Heritage wallpaper collection now online 01/09/2020

    One of the largest collections of historic wallpapers in the Southern Hemisphere – and the first Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga collection to be made available online – will go live today (September 1).
  • COVID-19 update 18/03/2020

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has made health and safety adjustments at our offices and properties to minimise the risk of infection to our visitors, members and staff. 

  • Ōtuataua Stonefields confirmed as Category 1 historic place 27/02/2020

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has confirmed the outcome of the review of the Ōtuataua Stonefields, Auckland (List No.6055) as a Category 1 historic place and extending the boundaries of the land recognised on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero. 

  • Hinemihi carvings step closer to returning home 05/12/2019

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted with the in-principle support from the National Trust in England to return the Hinemihi carvings home to Aotearoa New Zealand in exchange for new carvings.

  • Submissions sought for Ōtuataua Stonefields listing review 02/11/2019

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is inviting submissions on a proposal to change the current New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero entry for the Ōtuataua Stonefields, Auckland (List No.6055).

  • Historic Williams Shed a drawcard for visitors 03/10/2019

    An unassuming stone shed dating back to the 1880s is proving to be a drawcard for visitors to Paihia.

  • Invercargill's Te Wharenui o Anehana listed as a Wāhi Tūpuna 03/10/2019

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga has added Invercargill’s Te Wharepuni o Anehana to the New Zealand Heritage List as a Wāhi Tūpuna.

    The beautiful wharepuni was constructed in 1925 and was one of only three carved whare in the South Island in 1972, and the first whare in Te Wai Pounamu to be given wāhi tūpuna status. 

  • Final engagement of New Zealand Wars to be marked at Te Pōrere 03/10/2019

    A commemoration of the 150th anniversary of one of the last major engagements of the New Zealand Wars – and the colonial Government’s failure to capture prominent Māori leader Te Kooti – will take place on October 4-5.

  • Kate Sheppard House purchase delights 19/09/2019

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the University of Canterbury (UC) are delighted with the Government purchase of the Category 1 listed Kate Sheppard House in Christchurch, as announced by Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods today.

  • Kemps gather at Kemp House for 200th anniversary celebration 16/08/2019

    Over 40 descendants of missionaries James and Charlotte Kemp gathered at the Kerikeri Mission Station in the weekend to commemorate their family ties to one of New Zealand’s earliest settlements. 

  • Revamped Digital Library launched 30/07/2019

    Heritage New Zealand has revamped its Archaeological Reports Digital Library and is launching it today.

  • First National Historic Landmark adds layer to recognition 27/06/2019

    Today’s naming of Te Pitowhenua Waitangi Treaty Grounds as a National Historic Landmark by Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson adds another valuable layer to the recognition and safeguarding of our country’s most valuable built and land-based taonga, says Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Chief Executive Andrew Coleman.

  • Suffrage banners fitting end to Suffrage 125 30/04/2019

    A Suffrage 125 celebration with a difference is currently happening at the Old Government Buildings in Wellington. A display of 30 origjnal hand-stitched banners, made by artists, craftspeople, children and other interested participants in a series of workshops held in historic places around the country, is taking pride of place in a building that was the centre of Government at the time when the women’s suffrage bill was passed in 1893.

  • Strengthening work underway at Old St Paul's 29/04/2019

    Historic Old St Paul’s in Wellington has been saved once – now it’s being saved again as work begins this month on strengthening, upgrading and restoring the Heritage New Zealand cared for property.

  • Prominent Wellington heritage property gifted to Heritage New Zealand 16/02/2019

    In an act of incredible generosity, Wellingtonian Susan Price has gifted her block of flats – Chevening in Kelburn – to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

  • Old St Paul's embarks on ground breaking project 15/11/2018

    Fundraising for a multi-million-dollar project to strengthen historic Old St Paul’s in central Wellington is underway ahead of its temporary closure next year to allow work to be carried out.

  • Name change reflects programme meaning 06/11/2018

    Tohu Whenua is the new name for a successful programme identifying and celebrating the significant historic and cultural places of Aotearoa. 

    "Tohu Whenua better reflects the programme’s increasingly national focus and meaning, replacing the original Landmarks Whenua Tohunga pilot name,” says Programme Manager Denise Stephens.

  • Important reminder on finding archaeological artefacts 21/12/2015

    Heading into the holiday period Heritage New Zealand is reminding people what to do if potential archaeological artefacts are unearthed and how to avoid breaking the law.

  • Reminder on how to deal with koiwi 13/03/2014

    Take note and report – that’s the message from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) to anyone that finds kōiwi tangata (human remains).