Canterbury Earthquake, 2010-2011: archaeological authority process

A simplified and streamlined process has been set up to quickly consider work that affects archaeological sites under the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2011.

In this case, Heritage New Zealand must process Emergency Authorities within three (3) working days after having received an application, or five (5) working days where the application relates to a site of interest to Maori.  When sites of interest to Maori are affected, a stand-down period of 10 working days applies before the authority may be exercised. Find out more in this information sheet (pdf, 687 kb).