Tag: Ministry of Culture and Heritage

“Five New Appointments For Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Board And Māori Heritage Council” Ministry of Culture and Heritage Media Release (23.12.2021)

Five new members have been appointed to the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) Board and Māori Heritage Council.

Katharine Watson of Christchurch is an archaeologist at Watson Archaeology Ltd and is currently completing her PhD at the University of Canterbury. Katharine will join the HNZPT Board.

James Blackburne of Gisborne is an architect with great experience in heritage restoration. He has been involved in a number of heritage restorations that include several marae. James will join the HNZPT Board.

Puawai Cairns (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Pukenga and Ngāi Te Rangi) is the Director of Audience and Insights at Te Papa Tongarewa and was previously the museum’s Head of Mātauranga Māori. Puawai will conjointly serve on the HNZPT Board and the Māori Heritage Council.

Tom Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) is a Tainui leader and Associate Professor in the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. Tom is skilled in Māori translation and interpretation and was a founder of the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori movement. Tom will join the Maōri Heritage Council.

Ruth Smith (Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Porou and Rongowhakaata) is a translator and interpreter for Maioha Consulting Ltd and has had an extensive career in translations. Ruth has a background in education and media, and has previously worked as a reporter and journalist for Māori television. Ruth will join the Māori Heritage Council.

Outgoing members of the HNZPT Board include Bryce Barnett, who has served the Board since 2017, Kim Ngarimu, who has served the Board and Council since 2014, and David Nicoll, who has served the Board since 2017 and resigned in October 2021.

Outgoing members of the Māori Heritage Council include Paul White, who has served on the Council since 2017, and Dame Naida Glavish, who has served the Board and Council since 2011 before shifting to her standalone role on the Council from 2017.

Manatū Taonga thanks the outgoing members for their significant contributions and years of dedicated service on the Board and Council.

HNZPT is an autonomous Crown Entity leading work relating to the care, integrity and protection of national and historical heritage in New Zealand. The Māori Heritage Council assists HNZPT in developing and reflecting a bicultural view in the exercise of its powers and functions. Council members advocate the interests of Pouhere Taonga in relation to Māori heritage at any public or Māori forum.

Media Release sourced from Scoop.


“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.

“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