What does the Heritage Recovery Programme cover?

The Heritage Recovery Programme covers land-based heritage of recognised heritage value, including:

  • heritage buildings, that is, buildings with recognised heritage value as established through entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 (the Act) or scheduling on a district plan
  • historic areas including groups of buildings entered on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero or scheduled on district plans
  • archaeological sites as defined in the Act (section 2)
  • heritage spaces and landscapes such as Cathedral, Victoria, Latimer and Cranmer Squares
  • places of cultural significance to Ngāi Tahu, including wāhi tapu and wāhi taonga areas.

The term ‘heritage building’ as used in the Heritage Recovery Programme may include structures, such as bridges and memorials.

The Heritage Recovery Programme does not have statutory authority over property owners (private or public), but proposes to review whether existing regulation is appropriate. It covers heritage material that is excavated from archaeological sites; other cultural heritage objects that are held in collections are covered by the Arts and Culture Recovery Programme.

How does the Heritage Recovery Programme align with other recovery efforts?

The Heritage Recovery Programme aligns with:

  • the Recovery Strategy
  • the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, implemented under the CER Act, which guides the recovery of the central city of Christchurch
  • the CCC, WDC, and SDC District Plans and Annual Plans
  • Heritage New Zealand’s Statement of Intent.

The Heritage Recovery Programme is one of three programmes that guide the cultural recovery of greater Christchurch. The other two are:

How will the Heritage Recovery Programme be funded?

Project leaders have costed some projects, and are responsible for costing the rest and for identifying funding sources.

For private owners of heritage buildings and places, the main sources of funding are insurance cover and heritage grants available on a contestable basis from the sources set out under Free expert advice. Loans may also be an option.


Updated on 23rd July 2015