Heritage 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.