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The British Memorial unveiling and dedication - 24 July 2017 [PDF]

National Commemoration on the Centenary of the Battle of Messines 2017 [PDF]

Anzac Day 2017 Atatürk Service booklet [PDF]

Anzac Day 2017 National Commemoration booklet [PDF]

Anzac Day 2017 Dawn Service booklet [PDF]

75th anniversary for the Battle of Crete - 20 May 2016 [PDF]

Anzac Day 2016 Atatürk Service booklet [PDF]

Anzac Day 2016 National Commemorative Service booklet [PDF]

Anzac Day Dawn Service booklet [PDF]

Anzac Day 2016 Dawn Service Order of Service flyer [PDF]

97th anniversary of Armstice Day National Commemorative Service booklet - 11 November 2015 [PDF]

75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain National Commemorative Service booklet - 20 September 2015 [PDF]

70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in the Pacific - 15 August 2015 [PDF]

Chunuk Bair centenary official programme - 08 August 2015 [PDF, 6 MB]

Colouring-in sheets for children featuring three images from Pukeahu National War Memorial Park - July 2015 [PDF]

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park flyer produced in July 2015 [PDF]

National Commemoration to mark the end of World War Two in Europe - 08 May 2015 [PDF]

Anzac Day 2015 National Commemorative Service booklet [PDF, 3.5 MB]

Anzac Day 2015 Dawn Service booklet [PDF]

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park opening ceremony 2015 booklet - 18 April 2015 [PDF, 3.9MB]

Copies of ceremonial booklets from other 2015 ceremonies are listed on the Department of Internal Affairs' website.

Commemorative booklet for the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior - 11 November 2004 [PDF, 708KB]

Updated on 7th August 2017

DOC's Māori Conservation Foundation Course

Eleven men and women of Ngāti Pāhauwera descent are celebrating after recently graduating from the Māori Conservation Foundation Course.

Students with certificates on graduation day.

Students with certificates on graduation day

Following the Ngāti Pāhauwera Treaty Settlement, DOC committed to enhancing our relationship with Ngāti Pāhauwera. We worked with Ngāti Pāhauwera and The Ministry of Social Development to create an eight-week pilot programme— the Māori Conservation Foundation Course.

The pilot was designed to give Ngāti Pāhauwera descendants the means to develop a sustainable future for themselves and their land.

Students at the top of Maungaharuru range.

At the top of the world

The students spent their time undertaking a mix of classroom and practical learning, with lots of opportunities to connect with the land.

Hans Rook, a former Conservation Officer, spent three weeks teaching the group about whitebait, whales and matuku/bittern. Most of them had never heard of bittern before and were amazed to find some in their own backyard.They are now also excited about finding and protecting local whitebait spawning sites, and will do this with the support of the iwi and DOC.

The students visiting a swamp home to matuku/bittern.

Matuku/bittern country

Pouri Rakete-Stones, a pest management contractor and outdoor educator, spent three weeks challenging the team with bush craft and outdoor confidence skills, pest control, water quality, and species work, including being part of a kiwi health check.

Thanks to this course we now have a much deeper relationship with Ngāti Pāhauwera, and a strong working relationship with Work and Income.

70% of the course’s students now have jobs, including one who has a three month work experience contract with DOC on the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project.

Students learning about whales.

A deceased whale

The Māori Conservation Foundation Course was an exciting journey for everyone involved, not just the students. It is hoped that this pilot will provide a robust template for future programmes to be owned and implemented by iwi, hapū and whānau, both regionally and nationally.

Stopping for a break during a bush walk.

Having a break during a long bush walk

Sitting at Waipapa-a-Iwi Marae, on the Mohaka River in Hawke’s Bay, and listening to the students talk about their journey during the course, was great, but to witness the transformation in their confidence, and know we had a part to play in it, was amazing.

Video/slideshow from the course:

Updated on 23rd July 2015

Te Papa - Pūmuka's Flag videos

View the following two clips from Te Papa about their work in caring for Pūmuka's Flag.

Explore the darning and patches added to Chief Pūmuka’s Flag over many generations since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The more than 180-year-old Pūmuka Flag has been delicately prepared to show at Te Papa, following years in the archives.

The flag is one of four new taonga, or treasures, on display including a taiaha, mere-pounamu and hoeroa - all from Ngapuhi chiefs who signed the Treaty.

It was gifted in a token of respect and friendship by British resident James Busby to the Chief Pūmuka in 1833.

Pūmuka was a vocal supporter of the Treaty of Waitangi and the sixth signatory.

Read more details in a TVNZ news item about the unveiling of this historic taonga.

Updated on 7th January 2016

Statutory documents

This appendix provides information about statutory processes and terms of relevance to heritage in greater Christchurch.

Archaeological authority

It is unlawful for any person to destroy, damage or modify the whole or any part of an archaeological site without the prior authority of Heritage New Zealand, whether or not:

  • the land on which the site is located is designated, the activity is permitted under a District or Regional Plan, or
  • a resource or building consent has been granted.

An archaeological site is defined as any place associated with pre-1900 human activity, including shipwrecks, where there is evidence relating to the history of New Zealand that can be investigated using archaeological methods.

For further information see the Canterbury Earthquake (Historic Places Act) Order 2011.

CERA has established an agreement and consent process with Heritage New Zealand under which applications for archaeological authorities for CERA demolitions are processed urgently.

Disability perspective in recovery planning

Projects in the Heritage Recovery Programme will align with the New Zealand Disability Strategy, where relevant. Objective 8 of the Strategy is to ‘support quality living in the community for disabled people’. Owners should ensure public buildings and spaces are fully accessible to enable quality living in the community for disabled people.

District plan

District plans set out the framework for the management of land use and subdivision in a district.

District plans are prepared under the Resource Management Act 1991by the Christchurch City, Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils. They define areas (zones) for residential or industrial activities, each with their own set of rules.

Listed heritage building

A heritage building scheduled on a District plan and subject to the policies and rules of that plan.

Section 38, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011 (CER Act)

The relevant provisions are sections 3 (Purposes), and 38 (Works).

An historic place

An historic place, including a building, entered on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero compiled under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014. Historic places are divided into Category 1 (places of special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value) and Category 2 (places of historical or cultural heritage significance or value).

Recovery plan

A recovery plan is a statutory plan prepared under the CER Act and approved by the Minister for Earthquake Recovery.

Treaty of Waitangi

Public sector organisations involved in the recovery of greater Christchurch take into account the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. MCH has consulted with Ngāi Tahu in developing the Heritage Recovery Programme.

Updated on 23rd July 2015

Partner agencies

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)

CERA is the agency established by the government to lead, coordinate and monitor the recovery effort following the earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011. CERA supports a range of organisations in making well-coordinated and timely decisions. It aims to help restore the social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being of greater Christchurch communities.

CERA developed the Recovery Strategy that established the mandate to prepare the Heritage Recovery Programme, and helped to prepare the Heritage Recovery Programme.

Manatū Taonga/Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH)

MCH is coordinating the government’s earthquake recovery programme for arts, culture and heritage, and working with Sport New Zealand to coordinate the programme for sports and recreation. With other government agencies, MCH contributed to the overarching Recovery Strategy led by CERA.

MCH funds and monitors Heritage New Zealand – a contributor to this Heritage Recovery Programme – to deliver heritage services in greater Christchurch and throughout New Zealand.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga(Heritage New Zealand) is a Crown entity. Heritage New Zealand’s work includes identifying heritage places, seeking to ensure their survival for current and future generations, and fostering heritage appreciation. In Canterbury, Heritage New Zealand is working with councils to provide advice on damage to heritage buildings (including structures) and character homes.

Heritage New Zealand leads or is involved in a wide range of recovery projects, including:

  • rebuilding the Lyttelton Timeball Station
  • repairing Coton’s Cottage
  • administering the archaeological authority process
  • providing heritage conservation and engineering advice on:
    • the Christchurch Arts Centre
    • the Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings (and coordinating some funding for these buildings)
  • providing expert heritage advice to:
    • CERA and its Christchurch Central Development Unit, including heritage assessments of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan (the Blueprint)
    • territorial local authorities on district plans and applications for resource consents to demolish heritage buildings
  • providing expert heritage advice to owners and interested parties, including advice on:
    • relocation of heritage buildings
    • resource consenting issues
    • storage of heritage fabric retrieved from heritage buildings
  • providing advice to the CEHB Fund
  • providing temporary storage of archaeological finds in a secure location for owners
  • managing the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund
  • managing heritage input into the Crown land disposal process.

Ngāi Tahu

Ngāi Tahu is the iwi comprised of Ngāi Tahu Whānui; that is, the collective of the individuals who descend from the five primary hapū of Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Māmoe and Waitaha, namely Kāti Kurī, Ngāti Irakehu, Kāti Huirapa, Ngāi Tūāhuriri and Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki (as defined in section 2 of the Ngāi Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998). Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is the governing tribal council established by the Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Act 1996, which states that: Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu shall be recognised for all purposes as the representative of Ngāi Tahu Whānui. Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu is a key partner in the recovery of greater Christchurch.

Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga are regional collective bodies that act as the governing councils of the traditional Ngāi Tahu hapū and marae-based communities. Every Papatipu Rūnanga has its own respective takiwā (area of authority), and each Rūnanga is responsible for protecting its tribal interests in its respective takiwā, not only on behalf of its own hapū but on behalf of the entire tribe. There are six Ngāi Tahu Papatipu Rūnanga whose takiwā lie within the greater Christchurch region. They are Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri Rūnanga, Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Te Taumutu Rūnanga, Te Rūnanga o Koukourārata, Wairewa Rūnanga and Ōnuku Rūnanga.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s role includes:

  • strategic partner in the Recovery Strategy
  • partner in developing the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan
  • identifying sites of significance to Ngāi Tahu
  • owner of heritage sites
  • identifying opportunities to acknowledge Ngāi Tahu heritage in new development.

Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council (CCC), in collaboration with CERA, has a lead role in the recovery of Christchurch City. Its role includes:

  • strategic partner in the Recovery Strategy
  • partner in the Christchurch Central Development Unit and developing the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan
  • owner of heritage sites
  • providing expert advice to CERA and heritage building owners
  • administering the Heritage Incentive Grants Fund
  • administering the Central City Landmark Heritage Grant
  • providing expert advice to the CEHB Fund on applications for grants from the CEHB Fund
  • providing administrative support to the CEHB Fund
  • storing heritage material retrieved from demolished buildings
  • administering the District Plan and processing applications for resource consents to demolish buildings and for work to restore buildings
  • developing interpretive initiatives.

Waimakariri and Selwyn District Councils

Waimakariri District Council (WDC) and Selwyn District Council (SDC) work with CERA and other agencies in the recovery of greater Christchurch. Their roles include:

  • strategic partners in the Recovery Strategy
  • administering district plans and processing of applications for resource consents for the demolition of buildings and for work to restore buildings
  • developing interpretive initiatives. 

Updated on 23rd July 2015

What happens next?

The partner agencies began implementing some projects in the Heritage Recovery Programme in 2011 (notably ‘Retaining heritage buildings and places’; ‘Reusing heritage fabric retrieved from heritage and character buildings’; and ‘Retrieving archaeological information and artefacts’.)

Most will remain in place for as long as recovery continues.

The partner agencies are responsible for managing and implementing projects, including the appointment of project leaders.

MCH has a coordination role in preparing this Programme. It is not responsible for day-to-day operations and cannot instruct the partner agencies in the Heritage Recovery Programme.

CERA will monitor and report on progress. MCH is working with CERA on CERA’s greater Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Monitoring and Reporting Plan.

CERA is undertaking a community asset stocktake of greater Christchurch to enhance understanding of the impact of the earthquakes. This stocktake will include heritage buildings and places, providing useful benchmarks for monitoring.

Partner agencies will review and refresh the Heritage Recovery Programme annually. 

Updated on 23rd July 2015

Project 8: Keeping memory and awareness alive


Develop initiatives to acknowledge greater Christchurch’s lost heritage.

Lead agencies

CCC, SDC, WDC, Ngāi Tahu

Key partners

Heritage New Zealand, CERA, MCH

Project outcome

Greater Christchurch’s heritage is identified and acknowledged through interpretive material and in new development.


Greater Christchurch has a rich history and heritage (see Appendix Two). This includes significant archival holdings (the University of Canterbury’s Architectural Archive contains over 100,000 architectural drawings, most of which relate to Christchurch and Canterbury buildings). However, unless some form of interpretation is provided, demolished heritage buildings and places will eventually be forgotten. There are opportunities to:

  • publish information on greater Christchurch’s heritage, including through digital publication
  • promote on-site interpretation of lost heritage, including interpretation of archaeological material
  • run public education programmes
  • investigate the retention of elements of buildings in accordance with the appropriate guidelines (see Project 3).

What has happened

CCC has published a walking guide to remaining heritage buildings in central Christchurch, and held heritage events in October 2013 (‘Reconnect’) ahead of a 2014 re-launch of its annual heritage week. CCC has also allocated funds under the Transitional City project to interpret heritage stories as part of landscape design. WDC has a Landmarks Fund to fund plaques and other landmarks that acknowledge heritage sites.

The CEISMIC programme is preserving the memories and experiences of Canterbury people, including through QuakeStories, a collaboration between MCH and NV Interactive. Heritage New Zealand has launched a multimedia website and smartphone application on the history and heritage of High Street, Christchurch.

CCC and Heritage New Zealand produced a document, Heritage Recovery – Guideline 6 – Reuse of Heritage Material, to provide guidance on this topic (as noted in Project 3).

What will happen

CCC, SDC, WDC and Ngāi Tahu will:

  • explore how to acknowledge greater Christchurch’s heritage in consultation with property owners, where appropriate. This may include developing interpretive material and proposals for recognising heritage values in new developments. In instances where buildings are being deconstructed or demolished, these partner agencies will explore opportunities to:
    • retain parts of heritage buildings on their original sites
    • reuse heritage fabric in new developments (see Project 3).
  • the partner agencies will refer to the appropriate guidelines in reusing heritage fabric.

Heritage New Zealand will:

  • work with CCC, SDC and WDC to provide heritage information and advice.

CERA will:

  • continue to work with CCC, SDC and WDC to explore opportunities to retain parts of heritage buildings on site.

Indicative timeframe


Updated on 23rd July 2015

Project 7: Conserving artefacts recovered from archaeological sites


Identify appropriate repositories for artefacts recovered from archaeological sites.

Lead agencies

Heritage New Zealand

Key partners

CCC, WDC, SDC, MCH, Ngāi Tahu

Project outcome

Recovered artefacts are stored and conserved in appropriate locations and repositories.


Many artefacts have been recovered in greater Christchurch as a result of the numerous archaeological investigations. They are stored temporarily in a variety of private, local and central government locations, including the Air Force Museum, Wigram.

A suitably qualified team needs to determine what should be kept, and identify an appropriate storage and holding repository. There are issues nationally concerning the storage of objects uncovered through archaeological investigations. This project will be a valuable case study.

What has happened

In February 2013, a Cultural Collections Recovery Centreopened at the Air Force Museum, Wigram. The Centre is an extension to existing facilities at the Museum and provides temporary storage for earthquake-displaced cultural objects in one secure location. Its establishment is a critical first step in safeguarding artefacts. The Museum will make the Cultural Collections Recovery Centreavailable for earthquake recovery for three years. The Recovery Centre received $2 million from MCH and $2 million from the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust. Many of the earthquake-displaced archaeological collections are temporarily being housed in containers at the Air Force Museum awaiting assessment.

In some cases Heritage New Zealandrequires management plans as a condition of an archaeological authority (consent to destroy, damage or modify an archaeological site). Recently, Heritage New Zealand’s Southern Regional Office has begun specifying that management plans must provide for management and safe-keeping of artefacts.

Canterbury Museum is consulting with Heritage New Zealandon the Museum’s Archaeology Collecting Policy.

What will happen

Heritage New Zealand will:

  • provide project management to:
    • identify and involve key partners and heritage professionals in this project (for example, iwi/hapū, Canterbury Museum, National Services Te Paerangi, the Cultural Collections Recovery Centre, other local museums, curators, archaeologists and owners of artefacts)
    • determine criteria and processes to identify a sample of the artefacts to be retained
    • identify appropriate legal and ethical storage, transfer or disposal options for the artefacts
  • promote the project nationally as an example of the appropriate conservation, storage, identification and documentation of artefacts recovered from archaeological investigations, particularly in relation to taonga tūturu (Māori cultural objects).

(Note that MCH administers the Protected Objects Act 1975 (POA), which includes provisions for the care and custody of newly found taonga tūturu. Anyone who finds a taonga tūturu is required to notify MCH or ask their local museum to notify MCH. The Chief Executive of MCH is responsible for the care and custody of newly found taonga tūturu until the Māori Land Court has determined who the customary owners are.)

Indicative timeframe

Artefact Management Information Sheet produced November 2014

Other work is ongoing

Updated on 23rd July 2015

Project 6: Retrieving archaeological information and artefacts


Identify areas of high, medium and low archaeological interest in greater Christchurch to inform project planning during the rebuild.

Lead agencies

Heritage New Zealand

Key partners

MCH, Ngāi Tahu, CERA, CCC

Project outcome

The early identification of sites of archaeological interest assists project planning and facilitates the processing of archaeological authorities (consents) under the Historic Places Act 1993 (HPA) (recently replaced by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014).


The HPA required anyone wishing to damage, destroy or modify an archaeological site, including a pre-1900 building, to first obtain an archaeological authority from Heritage New Zealand. Under the HPA, Heritage New Zealand had three months to process an application for an archaeological authority, and could extend the timeframe by up to another three months in some instances. These timeframes could delay rebuilding. In 2010 the government implemented an Order in Council that established emergency archaeological authorities. This Order in Council has been continued under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014, which recently replaced the HPA. Under the Order in Council, Heritage New Zealand is required to process emergency archaeological authorities in much quicker timeframes than standard archaeological authorities (three to five days).

Heritage New Zealand is further managing the risks of delays by developing a predictive model for land within the four avenues that identifies areas of likely archaeological interest. There is an opportunity to expand this predictive model to cover the whole of greater Christchurch.

What has happened

Heritage New Zealand’s predictive model has been informed by the approximately 600 emergency archaeological authorities it has granted within the four avenues. The model:

  • gives owners, developers and planners greater certainty about the likely location of archaeological sites by differentiating between areas of high, medium and low archaeological interest
  • helps ensure efficient, targeted processing of archaeological authorities.

What will happen

Heritage New Zealand will:

  • investigate extending the predictive model through research into known areas of archaeological interest
  • adopt a theme-based approach to mapping
  • inform key stakeholders of the predictive model and promote access to information
  • work with landowners where sites are discovered to ensure that:
    • sites are fully documented
    • where feasible, artefacts are retrieved and deposited with appropriate repositories
    • owners are informed of any legal obligations.

CERA will:

  • work with Heritage New Zealand to investigate opportunities to extend the predictive model to the rest of greater Christchurch.

CCC, SDC and WDC will:

  • provide support and promote access to information through early contact with developers.

Indicative timeframe

Extend the predictive model if and when required.

Updated on 23rd July 2015