Tag: Ministry of Culture and Heritage

“Landmarks Whenua Tohunga”- Details Of the Heritage Initiative (Sourced MCH Website)

(Image sourced Ministry Culture and Heritage)

Landmarks Whenua Tohunga : 

Northland and Otago are the  two Landmarks Whenua Tohunga that have been launched thus far. The Ministry of Culture and Heritage (MCH) has the following explanation and details on its website.

The following explanatory quotes were taken from the MCH site:

"Landmarks Whenua Tohunga promotes New Zealand's unique culture and connects visitors to our stories and places.

Landmarks is a partnership between Manatū Taonga - Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation Te Papa Atawhai, and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The programme provides a unified approach to promoting and encouraging people to visit New Zealand’s historically and culturally important places. (more…)

“Policy for Government departments’ management of historic heritage 2004 (August 2004)” : Policy @ MCH Website

Policy for Government departments' management of historic heritage 2004 (August 2004)



New Zealand's historic heritage is rich, varied and unique. It is a legacy of all generations, from the earliest places of Māori use and occupation to inner-city buildings. Places of historic heritage value are integral to our sense of nationhood and are an important visual and historical presence in the landscape. Iwi and hapū identity and cultural well-being are inseparable from whakapapa connections with places of historic heritage significance to Māori.

Government departments are the stewards of a large and significant portfolio of historic heritage, which they manage on behalf of the people of New Zealand. These properties illustrate aspects of past and continuing government activities, and New Zealand's social and economic development, culture and identity.

The government is committed to the promotion and protection of New Zealand's historic heritage and has established legislation and agencies for this purpose. It has ratified the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972). This policy is a further demonstration of the government's leadership role in historic heritage management.

The government regards the management of the historic heritage within its care as an important part of its responsibilities and will ensure that historic heritage values are taken into account when decisions are made. It has therefore decided to adopt a best practice approach in order to: (more…)

“Strengthening our national archives and libraries” Hon Grant Robertson MP Assoc Minister of Arts Culture and Heritage Media Release

Strengthening our national archives and libraries

A new programme of work is underway to strengthen the contribution our national archives and libraries can make to New Zealand’s culture and democracy, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin and the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson said on Wednesday.

“The National Library of New Zealand, Archives New Zealand and the audio-visual archive Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision have vital roles in our democratic and cultural infrastructure,” says Grant Robertson. (more…)

“Heritage New Zealand delighted with property transfers” : Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Media Release & “Historic Wellington buildings transfer”: Minister Hon Maggie Barry Media Release


"Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is delighted with the acquisition of the Government Buildings Historic Reserve and Turnbull House Historic Reserve in central Wellington as part of a property portfolio realignment with the Department of Conservation and Ministry for Culture and Heritage announced today.

"DOC has received from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga the Whangamarino Redoubt Historic Reserve at Mercer, Clifden Suspension Bridge in Southland, Gabriel Read Memorial Reserve in Otago, Springvale Suspension Bridge east of Taihape and full control of the Brunner Industrial Historic Reserve on the West Coast.

Hon Maggie Barry

Minister Maggie Barry:

The Old Government Building is already tenanted and a popular tourist attraction and Heritage New Zealand will consider options for Turnbull House once it has been earthquake strengthened.

The Media Releases are as follows: (more…)

“Heritage EQUIP a positive step in retention” Heritage New Zealand Media Release (15.08.2016)

Heritage_New Zealand_logo"Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Maggie Barry, announced the $12 million contestable, discretionary fund scheme Heritage EQUIP (Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme) in Feilding today.

The scheme will assist owners required to meet the set timeframes to strengthen their buildings under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016. It is available to owners of all privately-owned Category 1 historic places, and those listed as Category 2 (in medium and high risk areas only) on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero ..."

The Media Release is as follows: (more…)

Additional Information: Heritage EQUIP Fund Announcment

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage (MCH) has released a PDF covering the Heritage Equip fund:

Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme
Heritage EQUIP
Questions and Answers
Link to downloadable PDF:Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme QAs (D-0677836)

Additional Link to MCH for PDF:

(2014) “Briefing to Incoming Minister” Ministry of Culture and Heritage

"The Briefing to the Incoming Minister reports are produced following each General Election and serve as an introduction to the work of the Ministry.  " (MCH web site)
The MCH briefings can be downloaded from the following links:
2014 Briefing to the incoming Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage :http://www.mch.govt.nz/files/BIM%20ACH%20Nov%202014%20(D-0567988).PDF
Strategic challenges for the Arts Heritage Media and Sport Sector Agencies: http://www.mch.govt.nz/files/BIM%20ACH%20Nov%202014%20%28D-0567988%29.PDF

“Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board members appointed” Minister Christopher Finlayson: MCH Media Release (22nd May 2014)

"Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board members appointed"
The MCH Media Release is as follows:

Hon Christopher Finlayson
Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage (more…)

“$2.5 million funding boost to restore Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings” The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust And The Ministry for Culture and Heritage (Media Release 21st march 2104)

"The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage today announced they will jointly provide funding of $2.5 million for the Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings, to be used towards restoration and reconstruction of its Armagh and Durham street stone towers. When completed, this work is intended to enable the adjacent wooden buildings to re-open for public use as soon as possible."
The Media Release is as follows: (more…)