Working with historic heritage and special character in New Zealand
New Zealand has a range of established historic heritage and special character despite being a young country.
The ICOMOS Charter, supporting the conservation of places of cultural heritage value, provides that public decision makers have a responsibility to safeguard cultural heritage places for present and future generations. Part of the responsibility for safeguarding cultural heritage places is under the Resource Management Act 1991.
The protection of historic heritage and special character creates ongoing challenges for property owners and developers, including the significant, privately incurred costs of maintaining buildings and places.
This article highlights some of the key considerations when dealing with historic heritage and special character.
By Daniel Minhinnick, Partner, Russell McVeagh and Patrick Senior, Senior Solicitor, Russell McVeagh