Frequently Asked Questions

A collection of frequently asked questions

Why do we need to define Historic Heritage?
The protection of historic heritage from inappropriate subdivision, use and development is a matter of national importance (mandatory) under s6(f) of the Resource Management Act, and is required to be addressed in the District Plan.

How do we define Historic Heritage?
Historic heritage is defined by Section 2 of the Resource Management Act 1991.

Historic heritage: 
(a) means those natural and physical resources that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of New Zealand's history and cultures, deriving from any of the following qualities:

(i) archaeological: 
(ii) architectural: 
(iii) cultural: 
(iv) historic: 
(v) scientific: 
(vii) technological; and

(b) includes -

(i) historic sites, structures, places, and areas; and 
(ii) archaeological sites; and 
(iii) sites of significance to Māori, including wahi tapu; and 
(iv) surroundings associated with the natural and physical resources.

How does the Council protect historic heritage?
The management of historic heritage often involves rules in the District Plan which may limit private property rights on defined buildings, structures or sites.

Who protects archaeological sites?
Archaeological sites are protected by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taongaunder the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.

Is there any compensation or financial assistance if my building or property is identified as being Historic Heritage?
No compensation is payable. There is a Heritage Protection fund available from the Council and a National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund administered by Heritage New Zealand.

What about Notable Trees?
The Districts Notable Trees, listed in the District Plan, were reviewed through an earlier process which was not completed because of the Canterbury Earthquakes.  We are now utilising that information to carry into the new District Plan.

Central Government has provided us with a National Planning template which includes terminology, so Notable Trees will be known as Protected Trees from now on.

What if I have an existing heritage listing in the District Plan?
We will be contacting you directly, after the nomination period has closed.