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The Importance of Historic Heritage and Heritage Trees

Public Trust Building, Queen Street, BlenheimHeritage resources have lasting values that teach us about our past and the culture of those who came before us; providing a context for community identity, growth, and contrast in our modern world. Trees that hold significance for their notable and historic heritage contribute to environmental quality and community wellbeing in many ways. These resources also provide continuity between the past, present and future.

The Resource Management Act 1991 requires Marlborough District Council to take a role in the protection of historic heritage and notable and historic heritage trees.

This responsibility is reflected within the provisions of the Marlborough Regional Policy Statement and the heritage chapters of the Marlborough Sounds Resource Management Plan and the Wairau/Awatere Resource Management Plan (the Plans).

The primary issue identified within both the Plans, is the need to retain a sense of the cultural heritage that contributes to the character of the Marlborough Sounds and the Wairau/Awatere areas.
The Plans are principally concerned with the protection of historic heritage that is valued by the community for archaeological, architectural, cultural, historic, scientific or technological reasons.

Heritage Register

Moa Hunter Site, Wairau BarIt is Council's policy to identify heritage resources and trees and where appropriate, provide protection for them. This is achieved by maintaining a register of significant heritage resources, contained within Marlborough's Resource Management Plans. 

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PDF DocumentAppendix A - Register of Significant Heritage Resources (73 Kb)


PDF DocumentAppendix A - Register of Significant Heritage Resources (120 Kb)

This register and its associated regulations provide varying levels of statutory protection for heritage resources, and is a document that continuously evolves as new heritage resources are added. When a new heritage resource is proposed to be added to the register, it goes through a formal public process.

Preservation and Protection

It is also Council’s policy to research and assess additional items of heritage value in the District. In order to carry out this responsibility, Council works with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, Tangata Whenua, and the local community (including stakeholders, land owners, community members and other organisations) in the identification of potential historic heritage buildings, places, sites or trees.

Oxley’s Hotel, London Quay, PictonThis is where we need your help! If you know of a building, site, place or tree that has not been included in the register, please fill in the Heritage Nomination Form and send it to Council.

Historic Heritage

When identifying heritage resources for scheduling in the registers, Council uses the following historic heritage criteria, including whether the feature:

  • has a value as a local landmark, over a length of time
  • has historic association with a person or event of note, or has strong public association for any reason
  • reflects past skills, style or workmanship which would make it of educational or architectural value
  • is unique or rare, or a work of art
  • is important to Tangata Whenua
  • is physically prominent or well sited
  • reflects (as a whole) a townscape which has developed in earlier years and has value for the District, both now and in the future
  • forms part of a precinct or area of heritage value.

Heritage Trees

Heritage Tree - WellingtoniaWhen identifying heritage resources for scheduling in the register, Council uses the following heritage tree criteria, including whether the tree:

  • commemorates an important local event either in Maori or European history, settlement and development
  • is regarded as an important landmark and has been acknowledged as such for a significant period of time
  • has historic association with a well-known public figure or has had strong public association for some reason
  • has distinctive botanical value
  • a stand of trees conforming to the above.

Council places great importance on the input and support of community stakeholders in its ongoing efforts to protect historic heritage and heritage trees. Often it is the support of individual private land owners or groups that enables the ongoing preservation of heritage buildings, places, sites or heritage trees.

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