The consideration of heritage values is part of the decision framework for new transportation projects. In addition, the Transport Agency owns heritage structures which are part of the state highway network, and also manages heritage assets acquired during project development.
Risks related to impacts of infrastructure projects on heritage include:
The Transport Agency’s state highway environmental plan sets out formal objectives regarding cultural heritage. These are:
Additionally the following should be considered:
Section 6(f) of the Resource Management Act (RMA) identifies the protection of historic heritage from inappropriate subdivision, use and development as a matter of national importance. The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 promotes the identification, protection, preservation and conservation of the historical and cultural heritage of New Zealand. It is administered by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (formerly the New Zealand Historic Places Trust). The Act contains specific provisions relating to the protection of archaeological sites, historic places and historic areas.
Further information on how to ensure the work you are doing complies with relevant legislation can be found in the Guide to assessing historic heritage effects for state highway projects.
Consultation should occur on a regular basis from the earliest strategic stage for the proposed project to identify risks, opportunities and potential benefits that could be included in an investment logic mapping process. The Transport Agency’s Public engagement guidelines contain useful information on the Transport Agency’s approach when engaging with the public and stakeholders.
For historic and cultural heritage the stakeholders include:
To help maintain an effective working relationship with Heritage NZ Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) and facilitate early engagement of the HNZPT in state highway development and maintenance activities the Agency has a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with HNZPT.
We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based methods to identify and manage risks to archaeological heritage, cultural heritage sites and monuments and memorials along the state highway network.
We also piloted predictive models for archaeological risks in two areas of New Zealand:
a) SH12 Northland: A pilot project in Northland is summarised in the report: Archaeological Prediction for Road Asset Management [PDF, 5.1 MB].
b) Canterbury West Coast: A cultural heritage risk map has been developed in partnership with Heritage NZ and Kai Tahu.
We have developed a draft inventory of all known items of heritage value owned by the Crown/NZTA and managed by us. The inventory includes assets scheduled by regional and district councils, assets listed by HNZPTA, pre-1900 assets (which are subject to the archaeological requirements of the HNZPTA), and other potentially significant historic heritage items.
To assist with the management of the heritage assets, the buildings, structures, sites and places identified on the inventory have been categorised as high or moderate, according to their level of significance:
Management requirements for heritage assets will be explained in a draft guide for the management of historic heritage assets, which is currently under development.
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