First National Historic Landmark adds layer to recognition


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.

"National Historic Landmarks have long-term safeguarding so they can remain key historic places for future generations to visit and enjoy," says Mr Coleman.

"It is hard to imagine this country without the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to visit – the site where the founding of Aotearoa New Zealand was formalised."

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga oversees the National Historic Landmarks/Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu programme, recommending places to the Associate Minister for approval following public and Ministerial consultation.

"National Historic Landmarks enhance our ability to recognise and celebrate our heritage and history along with the Heritage New Zealand List/Rārangi Kōrero and the Tohu Whenua programme we have in partnership with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Department of Conservation."

The programme works with site owners, iwi and community stakeholders to identify, recognise and protect the heritage values of these places.  Today’s announcement reflected the importance of the Treaty Grounds and its many layers of history, says Waitangi National Trust CEO Greg McManus.

"It is a huge honour for the Treaty Grounds to be named Aotearoa New Zealand’s first National Historic Landmark. It is formal recognition of the importance of this special place to all New Zealanders and further enhances the mana of the site."