Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, (previously until 2014 named the New Zealand Historic Places Trust) (Māori: Pouhere Taonga), is a Crown entity with a membership of around 20,000 people that advocates for the protection of ancestral sites and heritage buildings in New Zealand. It was set up through the Historic Places Act 1954 with a mission to "...promote the identification, protection, preservation and conservation of the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand" and is an autonomous Crown entity. Its current enabling legislation is the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
It is governed by a Board of Trustees, currently chaired by Shonagh Kenderdine, and a Māori Heritage Council, currently chaired by Sir Tumu Te Heuheu. Past chairs include Dame Anne Salmond. The head office is in Antrim House, Wellington, while regional and area offices are in Kerikeri, Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
It publishes the quarterly magazine New Zealand Heritage.
The register of historic places is divided into four main areas:
The historic places are organised in two categories:
As of 2013[update], the register contains over 5,600 entries. The Canterbury earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011 resulted in damage to a number of historic buildings in Christchurch. Post-earthquake redevelopment has caused a significant loss of heritage buildings in Christchurch.
Fyffe House, Kaikoura
Mission House, Kerikeri
Stone Store, Kerikeri
St Patrick's Basilica, Oamaru, crossing and main dome interior.]]
Criterion Hotel, Oamaru
St Luke's Anglican Church, Oamaru
Old Harbour Board building, Oamaru
Granary, Privy & Schoolhouse, Matanaka, Otago
Railway Hotel, Invercargill
Municipal Offices & Public Library, Timaru
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