Parnell, St Stephens Chapel

Does the CHI offer any protection and legislation
The CHI does not afford formal protection for sites, rather it is used as a/an:
  • Tool and information resource for education and advocacy (posters, brochures, booklets)
  • Method to promote sustainable management - to protect and preserve a diverse and representative range
  • CMA (Coastal Marine Area) and Regional Parkland management tool (Auckland Council responsibilities for protecting cultural heritage sites inc. archaeological)
  • Adverse effects assessment tool (consent processing)
  • Research and monitoring tool (identify, evaluate, conserve, manage & monitor and academic research).
Legislation protecting cultural heritage
Legislation governing the protection and management of historic heritage is provided through the following:
  • Resource Management Act (1991) and amendments. For more information please click here..
  • Historic Places Act (1993) - regulates the modification of archaeological sites on all land. For more information please click here.
  • Conservation Act (1987) - developed by the Department of Conservation to promote the conservation of New Zealand's natural and historic resources. For more information please click here.
  • Auckland Regional Policy Statement - contains policies and methods to preserve and protect historic heritage. For more information please click here.
  • Auckland Regional Plan: Coastal - contains rules to promote the preservation and protection of historic heritage, and includes lists of historic places in the coastal marine area that are scheduled for preservation or protection. For more information please click here.
  • Proposed Air, Land and Water Plan - contains rules to promote the preservation and protection of historic heritage. For more information please click here.
  • Most District Plans (available online through each local council website), formulated by city and district councils in the region, contain schedules of heritage places that are valued by the community and have special protection under district plan rules.
Please note that all archaeological evidence whether recorded, registered or not is protected by the Historic Places Act 1993. The contents of archaeological sites may also be protected under the Protected Objects Act 1975. Any interference with an archaeological site is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $100,000.
An authority is required from the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT) to modify or destroy archaeological sites. It is the responsibility of the holder of any resource consent to develop the property to obtain the necessary Authorities under the Historic Places Act 1993, should these become necessary as a result of any activity associated with the proposed development.
Download brochures detailing the Guidelines For Assessing Historic Heritage Significance, and How To Apply For A Resource Consent .
In regards to archaeological assessments, the Auckland Council is no longer able to provide lists of heritage consultants. However, a list of archaeological consultants available to undertake this work can be found on the NZAA website.
For more information please go to the NZHPT website  and for information on archaeological sites, please go to the NZAA website and the NZAA ArchSite.