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

  • Clendon Collection added to the UNESCO Register 05/12/2022

    A unique collection of family papers spanning almost 150 years, and covering watershed moments in the formation of modern New Zealand, has been added to the UNESCO Aotearoa New Zealand Register of the Memory of the World.

  • Second round of funding available to revitalise and protect mātauranga Māori 25/11/2022

    E ngā mana nui, e ngā mana roa, e ngā mana whakatiketike, tēnei te tuku i ngā reo whakamīhā o Pouhere Taonga ki runga i ngā hau tāiki kia toro atu i āna whakamānawa ki ngā iwi o te motu, tēnā koutou katoa.

    Following a positive first round of funding in 2021, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is excited to announce the launch of a second round of Mātauranga Māori Contestable Grants.

  • Kiekie gifted to the nation for restoration of Matangireia 10/05/2022

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga was pleased to support a first for Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne and their tangata whenua partners. On Friday 6 May a group of experts, learners, and the curious, gathered at Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne for the harvesting of a taonga plant species, to be used in the conservation of Matangireia, the former Maori Affairs Committee room at Parliament.

  • Kerikeri pear tree nominated for first ever Tree of the Year 09/05/2022

    Northlanders have the chance to awhi a much-loved tree that has been part of the Kerikeri landscape for over 200 years as part of the first-ever Rākau o te tau / Tree of the Year Aotearoa.

  • Bright Future for Turnbull House 28/03/2022

    The future of historic Turnbull House, original home of the Alexander Turnbull Library, is finally assured, thanks to the Government’s ongoing commitment to retaining this key heritage building in central Wellington.

  • Two centuries of history at Kemp House 24/03/2022

    New Zealand is set to observe a very special anniversary on Friday March 25. Kemp House in Kerikeri – which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, and is the country’s oldest building – celebrates 200 years since people first began to live under its roof.

  • Heritage New Zealand seeks stories of queer heritage

    New Zealand Heritage Pouhere Taonga is proud to announce the Rainbow List Project as part of its work to diversify the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero.

  • Ralph Hotere Studio listed as Category 1 historic place 22/04/2022

    Ralph Hotere’s studio on Oputae/Observation Point in Kōpūtai/Port Chalmers has been entered into the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero as a Category 1 historic place.

  • Exciting future for Hokitika Government Building 29/04/2022

    Early mitigation and design work is underway on the upgrade, conservation and seismic strengthening of the landmark Hokitika Government Building, the historic administrative hub for the West Coast since the 1860s.

  • Matauranga Maori grants program launched to value of half million 06/07/2021

    Applications are now open for twenty grants of up to $25 000 for iwi, hapū and hāpori Māori projects supporting revitalisation of vulnerable mātauranga Māori, thanks to the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Contestable Grants program, announced today.

  • Wool bale stencil exhibition to make a great impression at Highwic 16/06/2021

    An exhibition telling the story of an old Kiwi shearing shed practice, which produced some of the country’s earliest export brands that represented New Zealand internationally, will open at Highwic on June 16.

  • Lead heritage agency key part of Mātauranga Māori programme 15/12/2020

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted to be part of the Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku programme as announced by Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni, today.

  • Thames School of Mines open again 25/09/2020

    The Thames School of Mines is about to open its doors to the public again.  The historic School and its much loved Rock Shop will open five days a week (Wednesdays to Sundays, 10am-4pm) beginning on 1 October. 

  • 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).