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Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill

This bill replaces the Historic Places Act 1993, which established the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga). It renames the Trust as Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, reforms its governance structure and the archaeological authority (consent) processes established under the 1993 Act, and introduces emergency authorities to apply in the event of serious natural disasters.

The Bill as introduced

The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga bill was introduced into Parliament on 4 October 2011. Read a related press release from Minister Finlayson.  The bill had its first reading on 08 May 2012 and its second reading on 5 December 2013. The Bill was passed by the House on 13 May 2014 and came into force on 20 May 2014.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill

Minister Finlayson's October 2011 press release

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill passes

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act

The Bill reforms the governance arrangements of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and changes the name of the Trust to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The Bill introduces a number of measures, including an emergency archaeological authority in the wake of natural disasters such as earthquakes, to strike a sensible balance that minimises hold-ups while still protecting vulnerable heritage. A National Historic Landmarks list will be established to set national priorities for heritage conservation and recognise our most important historic landmarks and precincts

From 20 April 2014, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust will be known as Heritage New Zealand.

Cabinet papers and regulatory impact statements

The links below are to Cabinet papers and regulatory impact statements reflecting the key policy decisions taken by Government from 2009 to 2012 relating to the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill.

Cabinet Paper: Reform of Historic Places Trust's Governance Arrangements, paper summary and DOM minute, considered 09 December 2009 (pdf version)

Cabinet Paper: Reform of Archaeological Consenting Processes, considered 23 June 2010 (pdf version)

Regulatory impact statement considered 23 June 2010 (pdf version)

Cabinet Paper: Review of the Historic Places Act - Further Amendments, considered 24 November 2010 (pdf version)

Cabinet Paper: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill - Additional Policy Issues, considered 03 August 2011 (pdf version)

Regulatory impact statement considered 03 August 2011 (pdf version)

Regulatory impact statement considered 12 September 2012 (pdf version)

Cabinet Paper: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill - Approval for introduction (bill attached), considered 08 Septemer 2011 (pdf version)

Public statements relating to the review of the Historic Places Act 1993

Historic Places Act review of archaeological consenting announced (27 January 2010)

Review of registration announced (6 October 2011)

Historic Places amendment toolkit

This toolkit has been prepared as a general guide by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, aimed at Historic Places Trust Branch committees looking to establish themselves as Charitable Trusts or Incorporated Societies. The toolkit includes guidelines for establishing a Charitable Trust or Incorporated Society, and funding options for heritage institutions.

Historic Places amendment toolkit (pdf version)

Historic Places amendment toolkit (word version).


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Updated on 23rd July 2015