Historical heritage

Find out how we plan to preserve our past.


How we identify and protect historic heritage

History is important to people’s sense of identity and belonging. Personal and shared history is tied to the places and buildings which survive from our past. For mana whenua, sites associated with history and ancestry are of great cultural and personal value.

Places like Te Puni Urupā, Pito One Pā, Waiwhetu Pā and Owhiti Urupā are historically important both locally and nationally, as well as having great cultural and personal connections to mana whenua.

Heritage and the District Plan

Hutt City Council is required by Central Government and Greater Wellington Regional Council policies to identify and protect historic heritage.

The Resource Management Act (RMA) requires councils to protect historic heritage as a “matter of national importance”.

The Greater Wellington Regional Policy Statement, derived from the RMA, also requires the identification and protection of heritage. It also sets out the criteria for identifying heritage buildings and sites.

Regional Policy Statement

How the District Plan protects heritage properties

The district plan lists each protected property, and has policies and rules that define how they will be protected.

There are only around 100 buildings in Hutt City identified and individually listed as historic heritage, as well as three historic heritage areas.

Heritage buildings

Historic Heritage buildings contribute to the distinctive character of the city and help tell the story of Lower Hutt throughout its development.

Examples range from late colonial dwellings through to post-world war two modernist buildings.

Heritage areas

Historic Heritage areas are clusters of historic buildings that have special character and heritage values worthy of preserving for present and future generations.

Examples include the Jackson Street and Patrick Street heritage areas.

Sites of cultural significance to Māori

These include wāhi tapu – sacred places of spiritual and cultural significance relating to the connections with tupuna (ancestors) and historical events.

Archaeological sites

Archaeology is the discovery, recovery and interpretation of surviving evidence of past human activity. The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 requires that all archaeological sites, whether recorded or unrecorded, are protected.

Identifying heritage buildings and sites

Heritage specialists, using documents, photographs and maps, have carried out research to identify heritage values in the city.

A list of potential buildings has been drawn up and the specialists will now look at some of these properties to verify their initial research. The specialists may want to talk to some property owners to get their feedback and gather additional information.

Council staff will consider this feedback before creating a list of buildings for protection.

Council will then review the effectiveness of the current district plan’s protections of historic heritage.

Council intends to notify a proposed district plan, including historic heritage protections in 2022. Affected property owners will be able to submit on the proposed district plan at this point.

For more information

Taonga Tuku Iho - Heritage Policy


Contact details

Email: heritagereview@huttcity.govt.nz