AGS1 Guidelines for investigation and recording of buildings and standing structures
These guidelines (pdf, 417kb November 2018) were developed in response to the need for information and standards for buildings recording and analysis work. In the first instance, they were intended as a technical guide, for use by heritage professionals with training and/or experience in this field.
First published in 2006, this guideline has been updated to reflect legislative changes introduced by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
AGS2 Guidelines for writing archaeological assessments
These guidelines (pdf, 274kb) were prepared to assist the archaeological community with the preparation of archaeological assessments. They are not prescriptive, but intend to convey our view on appropriate standards developed within the framework of best practice for archaeological and heritage management in New Zealand, as espoused in international ICOMOS charters, national legislation, government heritage policy and codes of ethics for archaeological practice in New Zealand.
ATS1 Archaeological assessment template
This template (word, 1.12mb) was prepared to assist with writing archaeological assessments to accompany archaeological authority applications made under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
ATS1 Archaeological assessment template Dec 2013. Please note that this version relates to the previous legislation, the Historic Places Act 1993, therefore its contents will not be consistent with the requirements of the present legislation.
AGS3 Research strategies for archaeological authority applications
These guidelines (pdf, 214kb) were prepared to assist archaeologists with the preparation of research strategies that may have be required as part of the information requirements for applications made under Sections 44 and 56 of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014, or as a condition of archaeological authorities granted under that Act.
AGS6 Dealing with overdue authority reports
These guidelines (pdf, 1.12mb) were prepared to advise the archaeological community on a process for dealing with the large numbers of overdue reports deriving from archaeological work undertaken as a requirement of the authority process.
Please note that this version relates to the previous legislation, the Historic Places Act 1993, therefore its contents will not be consistent with the requirements of the present legislation. New guidelines tailored to the changes brought in by the May 2014 enactment of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 are currently under development.
AGS7 Guidelines for the finding of artefacts
These guidelines (pdf, 198kb) were prepared to provide professional advice to archaeologists when dealing with artefacts during their work. The guidelines were derived from discussions at a workshop with the NZ Archaeology Professional Development Cell in 2007, and were intended to show the paths that archaeologists should take when either coming across a chance artefact, or when preparing for and undertaking an excavation in which artefacts are likely to be found.
Information Sheet: Managing Archaeological Material
This information sheet (pdf, 146kb) has been created to provide guidance to consultant archaeologists on current archaeological practice for managing archaeological material during archaeological work, and also to provide information for landowners and authority applicants about their legal responsibilities and rights during archaeological work and what archaeological work may involve.
AGS8 Guidelines for koiwi tangata/human remains
These guidelines (pdf, 970kb) were prepared for use by Heritage New Zealand staff, heritage administrators and consultants, archaeologists, the police, territorial local authorities, government departments, project managers, property owners, and the general public. At any time, these people may be involved in the discovery, excavation, exhumation, storage, re-interment or repatriation of koiwi tangata/human remains.
AGS8 Guidelines for Koiwi Tangata/Human Remains Feb 2010. Please note that this version relates to the previous legislation, the Historic Places Act 1993, therefore its contents will not be consistent with the requirements of the present legislation.
AGS9 Guidelines for midden sampling and analysis
These guidelines (pdf, 1MB) were prepared to provide guidance to the archaeological community regarding the excavation of midden sites and analysis of the material collected. It provides assistance with sampling strategies, involvement of specialists, the kinds of questions that can be addressed through the analysis of faunal material, and guidance on the baseline methodology for faunal studies in New Zealand.
AGS10 Guidelines for approval of person to carry out activity (Section 45)
These guidelines (pdf, 1.38MB) were prepared to clarify to the archaeological community, to tangata whenua and to applicants, Section 45 of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 relating to the granting of approval to a person to undertake work required as a condition of an authority. They were initially developed in consultation with the archaeological community in 2009 and have been updated to reflect legislative changes following the introduction of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act in 2014, and feedback from tangata whenua and the archaeological community in 2014 and 2015.
AGS11 Guidelines for the declaration of an archaeological site
This guideline (pdf, 1.7mb) explains the process by which a cultural heritage site that post-dates 1900 may be declared an archaeological site under section 43 of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 (HNZPT Act). The declaration of an archaeological site gives the same protection as than given to archaeological sites defined in the HNZPT Act.
ATS2 Archaeological interim report template
This template (Word, 204kb) is to assist with writing interim reports required as a condition of an archaeological authority granted under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
ATS2 Archaeological interim report template Oct 2013 - this version relates to the previous legislation, the Historic Places Act 1993, therefore its contents will not be consistent with the requirements of the present legislation.