This P45 specification sets out the standard procedure that Waka Kotahi representatives and contractors will follow in the event that an archaeological site, kōiwi/human remains or taonga (Māori artefacts) are accidentally discovered during investigation, construction and/or maintenance of the state highway network and associated works.
This minimum standard P45 does not apply when an archaeological authority has been issued by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT). Refer instead to the authority, which will set out the archaeological requirements specific to that area of the project.
P45 reflects the minimum requirements of Waka Kotahi in accordance with statutory obligations under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 and the Protected Objects Act 1975.
The procedures contained in P45 are also designed to recognise and provide for the protection of cultural and historic heritage and the special relationship of Māori in regard to their land, water, sites, wahi tapu and other taonga.