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…)
"Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taongais 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.
"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 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…)
An updated Draft Heritage Recovery Programme has been publicly released for further consultation!
Comment: This Programme's first deadline was October 2011. “Draft Recovery Strategy for Greater Christchurch” Built Heritage Recovery Plan:
“When? Scope of plan approved by Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery by October 2011.”
The above is an extract from an "Abridged Timeline" that was part of a Deputation to the Christchurch City Council Earthquake Recovery Committee (5th December 2013) which sought the release of the Programme.
The relevant text of the Deputation is as follows:
“Cultural property” under the bill includes important cultural heritage as well as the buildings in which it is held...."
"....In New Zealand, category 1 historic places and registered wahi tapu are also likely to be included, along with the list of national historic landmarks currently being considered by the government."