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Standards, guidelines and specifications provide an opportunity to clearly specify expectations around minimum levels of service, consolidate practical experience gained by the organisation and disseminate specific specialist knowledge relating to highway design construction operation and maintenance so this knowledge can be applied efficiently and consistently across the organisation.

Guide to assessing historic heritage effects for state highway projects

The Historic heritage impact assessment guide for state highway projects describes the approach for assessing the effects of state highway projects on historic heritage and outlines the minimum requirements for each phase of project development and delivery.

Use this guide if your project or work has the potential to affect historic heritage buildings, places, items or values. It is particularly important to refer to this guide if an ESR Screen completed for your work has indicated there are structures, places or features within 100 metres of your work.

Minimum standard P45 Accidental discovery protocol 

P45 Accidental discovery protocol [PDF, 883 KB] is a minimum standard setting out the procedures to be followed if an archaeological site, kōiwi (human remains) or taonga (precious object) are accidentally discovered during investigation, (including geotechnical investigation), construction or maintenance of the state highway network.  These procedures should be utilised where the risk of discovery or disturbance of an archaeological site has been assessed and is considered to be low. These procedures reflect statutory obligations under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014(external link) and the Protected Objects Act 1975.(external link)  

Contract documentation should include this specification in accordance with the Transport Agency’s State highway construction contract proforma manual (SM031) for any areas where an archaeological authority has not been granted and the risk of discovery or disturbance of an archaeological site has been assessed and is considered to be low. 

Contact Ann Neill, Principal Environmental Specialist for advice on P45. 

Memorandum of understanding between the officers of the NZ Transport Agency and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now called Heritage New Zealand) 

We have a memorandum of understanding between the NZ Transport Agency and the New Zealand Historic Places Trust which states our intention to work together in a manner that recognises and respects the statutory duties and objectives of the other party and promotes integrated and cooperative working relationships. 

For further information contact environment@nzta.govt.nz

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