Submissions sought for Ōtuataua Stonefields listing review


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).

Ōtuataua Stonefields is listed as a Category 2 historic place and it is proposed to change the extent and category of the listing.  If confirmed, the revised listing would be enlarged and would recognise its significance as a Category 1 historic place – being a place of special or outstanding heritage significance.  

Under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014, an entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero can be reviewed at the request of members of the public.  The review of the current listing has been initiated in response to a number of requests.

"Based on further extensive research of the Ōtuataua Stonefields listing Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proposing that the listing be changed to a Category 1 historic place, and its boundaries be extended," says Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Chief Executive Andrew Coleman.

"It is important to note that the review allows assessment under a wider range of criteria than was used for the 1991 listing assessed under previous legislation.  The revised assessment has included consideration of spiritual, cultural and traditional significance as well as historical, archaeological and other values.  This additional information adds to the depth of knowledge and the significance of the area."

The public can make submissions on the review report at  All submissions received will be considered by the Heritage New Zealand Māori Heritage Council and Board before they make a final decision on the review.

Under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act, the purpose of listing is to inform the public about historic places, historic areas, wāhi tūpuna, wāhi tapu and wāhi tapu areas, notify owners about the significance of their heritage place and be a source of information about heritage places for the purposes of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). 

Protection for these places comes under the RMA by heritage places being scheduled on council district plans.  The review of the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero listing will not alter the status of the Special Housing Area or any existing resource consents.  Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga had no legal mandate to be involved in discussions around the plan change that enabled land to be earmarked as a Special Housing Area; nor did it have a statutory role at the resource consent stage of the process for the residential development proposal.

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