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Auckland Council

Heritage projects

Māori cultural heritage project

The ten-year Māori Cultural Heritage Project is a collaboration with the iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau, integrating their knowledge (mātauranga Māori) and values into the appropriate recognition, protection and management of taonga and sites and places of cultural and historic heritage.

This project will improve our understanding and appreciation of Tāmaki Makaurau's unique heritage and combines GIS technology with Māori cultural values in an innovative approach to planning.

Heritage surveys and evaluations

This project involves the ongoing evaluation of places and areas to ensure their historic heritage values are appropriately protected and managed.

These projects range from the survey and evaluation of a whole suburb, such as Point Chevalier, to the evaluation of the heritage values of a single property, such as a private house in Mt Albert.

The result of survey and evaluations is often the proposed inclusion of additional places and areas, as well as special character areas, into the unitary plan. This addition of places and areas would be via a formal public process, known as a plan change.

Heritage advice, including resource consenting processes

Our heritage team have input into decision making processes that affect heritage, such as resource consents and spatial planning.

This includes pre-application advice covering our built heritage, archaeological heritage and notable trees.

On average we input into over 1 200 consenting processes per year.

Heritage Asset Management Project

Known as HAMP, this is a project to recognise council owned heritage places.

The current focus is built heritage places and providing advice, such as ongoing maintenance and repair, to ensure we are leading by example in the appropriate management and funding of these heritage places.

Our support of heritage work in the community

A range of heritage grants and funding are available from us, including local board grants and regional grants, to support conservation of our heritage places within the community.

We have also funded significant projects, such as conservation works on St James Theatre on Queen Street in central Auckland.

Auckland's Heritage Counts programme

Started in 2018, this programme involves collecting statistics and research on Auckland's heritage places to raise awareness of the economic and social benefits they bring.

We produce a document summarising this information in October each year.