Historic heritage features on school sites

You may have features of historic heritage importance at your school. As a board of trustees it’s important to know how to identify these and the best way to look after them. The Ministry of Education's guidelines can 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 defines historic heritage as “those natural and physical resources that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of New Zealand’s history and cultures”.

Historic heritage interpretation — NZ Legislation website(external link)

Managing your historic heritage at your school

Our Historic Heritage Management Guidelines can help help you identify, manage and look after historic heritage features at your school.

Historic Heritage Management Guidelines [DOC, 330 KB]

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

Using the Historic Heritage Management Guidelines

Under these guidelines, you must:

  • include any historic heritage features in your 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP)
  • 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.

10 Year Property Plan

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 as well.

Contact Us — Heritage New Zealand(external link)

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