Historic heritage features on school sites

As a board of trustees, you may have features of historic heritage importance at your school. It’s important to know how to identify these and the best way to look after them. The Ministry has guidelines to help you.

Identifying your historic heritage

Historic heritage features at your school could include:

  • historic buildings
  • archaeological sites
  • wāhi tapu, urupā and other places of significance to Māori
  • trees and landscapes that have historical or cultural associations
  • places where significant events happened
  • cemeteries and burial places.

The Resource Management Act 1991 (external link)  defines historic heritage as “those natural and physical resources that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of New Zealand’s history and cultures”.

Managing your historic heritage at your school

We have produced the Historic Heritage Management Guidelines [DOC, 330 KB] to help you identify, manage and look after historic heritage features at your school.

The guidelines include all the Government’s requirements for looking after historic heritage.

Using the Historic Heritage Management Guidelines

Under the guidelines, you must:

  • include any historic heritage features in your 10 Year Property Plan
  • let your project manager know if there are historic buildings or other features on or close to your school grounds
  • deal appropriately with any places that have special traditional significance to Māori as described in the guidelines
  • get specialist advice before doing any work on a heritage site and, when necessary, use a specialist to do the work.

Reporting your historic heritage sites

If you think you have historic heritage sites at your school, let us know. If you think the sites are especially significant, contact Heritage New Zealand (external link)  as well.

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