The National Historic Landmarks/Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu programme

In the the media release by the Hon Grant Robertson :

“New Zealand’s first national historic landmark announced” Hon Grant Robertson Media Release

The following Q&A explanation was included.

The National Historic Landmarks/Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu programme was introduced by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.  Heritage New Zealand works in partnership with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and other stakeholders including the Department of Conservation to deliver the programme.

Details about National Historic Landmarks is available on the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga website at:

Questions and Answers

Q 1: What is the National Historic Landmarks programme?

A: The National Historic Landmarks programme was introduced by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 (HNZPTA) to acknowledge those places that New Zealanders demonstrably care about as cornerstones of national identity.

Q 2: Haven’t we already got a Landmarks programme?

A:Tohu Whenua is the new name of a tourism programme covering a nationwide regional group of visitor assets.  A pilot programme, under the name Landmarks Whenua Tohunga, was initiated in 2015 in Northland. Otago followed with the West Coast included in December 2018 under the new name Tohu Whenua.  The National Historic Landmarks programme, in contrast, recognises heritage places of deep significance to New Zealanders as the stories they tell are meaningful and their survival important to us all.

Q 3: Who runs Tohu Whenua?

A: Tohu Whenua is run by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The aim is to showcase our historic and culturally important places to locals and tourists in a coordinated way.  Heritage New Zealand now oversees this programme, with a programme manager based in Wellington.

Q 4: What is the aim of National Historic Landmarks?

A:The aim is to protect heritage places most important to New Zealanders through long-term risk planning and management, including from natural disaster. These places have rich historical, physical, and cultural significance and without them we are losing something special that identifies us as New Zealanders. A key policy objective of National Historic Landmarks is to help prioritise the government’s heritage conservation efforts, including earthquake strengthening. 


“Earthquake-prone buildings changes to help provinces” RNZ News online

"... The Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa announced the change, in Feilding this morning.

She says the changes will make it easier for owners of such buildings in small towns to undertake modest building work, without having to start seismic strengthening work at the same time. ..."

Heritage In The Budget 2019

The following spending were found in the Budget 2019  documents: 

Building and Construction
Residential Earthquake Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme
Led by the Minister for Building and Construction. This funding supports the remediation of multi-unit, multi-storey residential earthquake-prone buildings in high seismic risk areas through a suspensory loan scheme. It will be available to owners of such units who are in, or facing, financial hardship, where properties were purchased or acquired before 1 July 2017. ($ million)
Estimates Vol.10
Vote Building and Construction
2018/19 -
2019/20 5.400
2020/21 4.900
2021/22 1.500
2022/23 1.500
Capital 10.000
Management of Historic Places (M4) $14,364,000 ->$15,114,000
Earthquake-prone Heritage Buildings (M4) $2,870,000 2018/19 -> $6,986,000 2019/20
See p16 of attached "Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage"
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga $13,838,000 2018/19 actual -> $14,588,000 2019/20 budget (increase 5.4%)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation
The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly a result of the new policy initiative for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga to maintain and improve heritage outcomes in the face of increasing demand for its services nationally. In addition funding is provided to Heritage New Zealand for costs associated with the acquisition and repurposing of heritage property.
Treasury Budget 2019 pages at the following link:
Summary of Initiatives in Budget 2019:

“Overview of Heritage Report Process” MCH Heritge Policy (Team)

Historic Places Aotearoa acknowledges the The MCH Heritage Policy (Team)members who have provided a revised "Overview of Heritge Report Process".

In 2018, Ministers requested the Ministry for Culture and Heritage (MCH) undertake an assessment of New Zealand’s system for protecting heritage buildings and make recommendations on how to enhance the system.

MCH sought input from heritage stakeholders to prepare the assessment. Feedback was gathered through a Colmar Brunton designed survey and workshops in a number of regional centres. Stakeholders included central and local government, iwi, academics, architects, planners, engineers, advocacy bodies, property owners and developers. A total of 293 individuals and organisations provided feedback.

The enthusiastic response to the Ministry’s outreach highlighted some common concerns. Stakeholders focused on improved regulation, increased funding and enhanced information. Many respondents asked for the Crown to demonstrate best practice in relation to its own heritage properties. Stakeholder feedback indicated strong support for some level of Government intervention to improve the current system.

A draft report based on the stakeholder input and policy analysis was circulated to stakeholders for comment. The finalised report and policy advice was then approved by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. This report has informed the Ministry’s heritage protection work programme for 2019.

MCH is currently in the process of determining the most appropriate means of addressing the issues raised in the report.

MCH thanks stakeholders for being involved in 2018, and looks forward to working with them on the next stage of the assessment as policy options are worked up later this year.

“Future cities thought leader, NZ architect Mark Burry” Nine to Noon RNZ Podcast

Future cities thought leader, NZ architect Mark Burry
Nine to Noon RNZ Podcast

Mark Burry "From 1979 to 2016 he was the the senior architect and researcher at the Basílica de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona. "

 "With the fire at Paris's Notre Dame Cathedral last month, Professor Burry also has thoughts on the rebuild options."


“Latest heritage buildings to benefit from Government fund” Hon Grant Robertson M.P. Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage (Media Release 16.05.2019)

The following announcement / media release was taken from the Heritage Equipement Govt site.
Note: The next round of Heritage EQUIP funding closes on Monday 29 July 2019.
16 May 2019

Latest heritage buildings to benefit from Government fund

Ten heritage buildings from across New Zealand will have a more secure future, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.

The Heritage EQUIP earthquake strengthening programme is providing $958,962 to recipients in a number of regional centres as well as main cities, with $842,472 going directly to seismic upgrade works.

"As part of a large restoration project, $250,000 has been awarded to help strengthen the Former Chief Post Office in Christchurch, one of Cathedral Square's oldest buildings and a Category 1 historic place," Grant Robertson said.

"About $116,490 in new grants will help regional heritage building owners get suitable professional advice.