Archaeological video series

An exemplary response from Arrow International and Mike Greer Homes after damage to an early moa-hunting site in Christchurch has led to a series of educational videos for their staff and clients about the value of archaeology and the importance of the archaeological provisions in the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 in protecting a finite resource.  

Heritage New Zealand archaeologist, Frank van der Heijden collaborated in filming for the Arrow International and Southern Response’s video series on archaeology and protection. A number of films were made, hosted on vimeo,, a few of which are below. These videos were developed specifically as part of an educational resource for Arrow and Southern Response staff, however the ideas expressed may be of interest whether you're a property owner, or work in heritage or construction.

Please contact Heritage New Zealand if you come across an archaeological site during any work and do not have an archaeological authority in place.

The New Zealand Archaeological Association website has a list of consultants available to provide archaeological advice.

We don't do it just because it is the law. We do it because it is a finite resource.

A general introduction to the role of Heritage New Zealand in administering the archaeological provisions, and why archaeology is important.

Explaining the protocols for contractors to follow when they find or suspect they have found an archaeological site. 

Artefacts are like the family heirlooms of our nation.

Mary and Malcolm’s repair to their pre-1900 dwelling provides an example of how Heritage New Zealand is involved in such cases.  See also "Preconstruction meeting".

This is the property where damage to an early moa-hunter site resulted in a prosecution, and where some very significant finds were made later when excavations for services and the fencing were undertaken.