New Zealand Historic Places Trust

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The New Zealand Historic Places Trust is a non-profit trust that advocates for the protection of ancestral sites and heritage buildings in New Zealand. It was set up through the Historic Places Act 1954
Historic Places Act 1954
The Historic Places Act 1954 was an Act of the Parliament of New Zealand. It established the New Zealand Historic Places Trust for the purpose of preserving, marking and recording places of historic interest in New Zealand....

 with a mission to "...promote the identification, protection, preservation and conservation of the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand" and is an autonomous Crown Entity.

It is governed by a Board of Trustees, currently chaired by John Acland, and a Māori Heritage Council, currently chaired by Tumu te Heuheu. Past chairs include Dame Anne Salmond
Anne Salmond
Dame Mary Anne Salmond, DBE, FRSNZ, FBA is a New Zealand historian, anthropologist and writer.-Background:Salmond was born in Wellington in 1945 and grew up in Gisborne, before being sent to board at Solway College in Masterton...

. The head office is in Antrim House
Antrim House
Antrim House is a historic building on Boulcott Street in Wellington, New Zealand.The house was built for Robert Hannah, an Irish immigrant from County Antrim, in 1905. Constructed mainly of kauri and heart totara on concrete foundations, Antrim House remains as a fine example of an Edwardian...

, Wellington
Wellington
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, although it is likely to have surpassed Christchurch due to the exodus following the Canterbury Earthquake. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range...

, while regional and area offices are in Kerikeri
Kerikeri
Kerikeri, the largest town in the Northland Region of New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of Whangarei...

, Auckland
Auckland
The Auckland metropolitan area , in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with residents, percent of the country's population. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world...

, Tauranga
Tauranga
Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region, in the North Island of New Zealand.It was settled by Europeans in the early 19th century and was constituted as a city in 1963...

, Wellington
Wellington
Wellington is the capital city and third most populous urban area of New Zealand, although it is likely to have surpassed Christchurch due to the exodus following the Canterbury Earthquake. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range...

, Christchurch
Christchurch
Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the country's second-largest urban area after Auckland. It lies one third of the way down the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula which itself, since 2006, lies within the formal limits of...

 and Dunedin
Dunedin
Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. It is considered to be one of the four main urban centres of New Zealand for historic, cultural, and geographic reasons. Dunedin was the largest city by territorial land area until...

.

It publishes the quarterly magazine New Zealand Heritage.

Buildings owned by the trust include the Mission House
Mission House
The Mission House at Kerikeri in New Zealand was completed in 1822 as part of the Kerikeri Mission Station by the Church Missionary Society, and is New Zealand’s oldest surviving building...

, the Stone Store
Stone Store
The Stone Store at Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s oldest surviving stone building.Part of the first Church Missionary Society station in New Zealand, the store was designed by John Hobbs to replace an earlier wooden store house. The Stone Store was erected between 1832 and 1836 by...

, and the Te Waimate mission
Te Waimate mission
The Waimate Mission established one of the earliest settlements in New Zealand, at Waimate North in the Bay of IslandsAt the instigation of Samuel Marsden, a model farming village for Māori was constructed at Te Waimate by the Church Missionary Society...

 house.

The Register


The register of historic places is divided into four main areas:
  • Historic Places
  • Historic Areas
  • Wahi Tapu (Māori sacred sites)
  • Wahi Tapu Areas


The historic places are organised in two categories:
  • Category I - "...places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value' "
  • Category II - "...places of 'historical or cultural heritage significance or value' "


, the register contains over 5,500 entries. The earthquakes in September 2010
2010 Canterbury earthquake
The 2010 Canterbury earthquake was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, which struck the South Island of New Zealand at 4:35 am on local time ....

 and February 2011 have caused a significant loss of heritage buildings in Christchurch.

Māori Heritage Council


The Māori Heritage Council sits within the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and was established by the Historic Places Act 1993
Historic Places Act 1993
The Historic Places Act 1993 was an Act of the Parliament of New Zealand. It defines the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and its roles of preserving, marking and recording places of historic interest in New Zealand....

. The functions of the Council include:
  • the protection and registration of wahi tapu and wahi tapu areas
  • assisting the Trust to develop and reflect a bicultural view in the exercise of its powers and functions
  • providing assistance to whanau, hapu and Iwi in the preservation and management of their heritage resources
  • consideration of recommendations in relation to archaeological sites
  • advocacy of the interests of the Trust and Council so far as they relate to Māori heritage at any public or Māori forum.

Equivalent status outside New Zealand

- Monument historique
Monument historique
A monument historique is a National Heritage Site of France. It also refers to a state procedure in France by which national heritage protection is extended to a building or a specific part of a building, a collection of buildings, or gardens, bridges, and other structures, because of their...

 - Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz
The Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz is a German private initiative founded in 1985 which works for the preservation of cultural heritage in Germany and to promote the idea of cultural heritage management....

 and National Heritage Sites (Kulturdenkmal
Kulturdenkmal
Kulturdenkmal is the official term to describe National Heritage Sites listed by law in German speaking areas of Europe, to protect and spread awareness of cultural heritage.-Austria:...

) - Historic building, see List of Grade I historic buildings in Hong Kong, List of Grade II historic buildings in Hong Kong and List of Grade III historic buildings in Hong Kong - Rijksmonument
Rijksmonument
A rijksmonument is a National Heritage Site of the Netherlands, listed by the agency Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed acting for the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.-History and criteria:...

 - Listed building or Scheduled Ancient Monument
Scheduled Ancient Monument
In the United Kingdom, a scheduled monument is a 'nationally important' archaeological site or historic building, given protection against unauthorized change. The various pieces of legislation used for legally protecting heritage assets from damage and destruction are grouped under the term...

 - National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
The National Register of Historic Places is the United States government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation...

 and National Historic Landmark
National Historic Landmark
A National Historic Landmark is a building, site, structure, object, or district, that is officially recognized by the United States government for its historical significance...


See also

  • SAHANZ
    SAHANZ
    SAHANZ was founded in South Australia in 1984. It is a scholarly society for the advancement of research into the history of architecture, with a focus on New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific...

     (Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand)
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