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Auckland Council

Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland's heritage

​Why heritage is important

Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland has a rich historic heritage.

Heritage reinforces our sense of history, belonging, identity and place.

It enriches our environment, provides continuity and is a source of pride.

It helps define what is unique and distinctive about Auckland.

What is Auckland's historic heritage?

Our historic heritage includes:

  • archaeological sites associated with either Māori or post-European settlement or activity
  • places of significance to Māori, including wāhi tapu
  • burial grounds, historic cemeteries, memorials or monuments
  • historic buildings, structures or objects
  • heritage plantings including notable trees, gardens and parks
  • maritime heritage including historic jetties, sea walls, balustrades and other coastal structures
  • intangible places associated with past events or activities.

The Resource Management Act (1991) defines historic heritage as "natural and physical resources that contribute to an understanding and appreciation of New Zealand's history and cultures."