Cultural Heritage Sites

This page details Tasman District Council's approach to cultural heritage sites.

The Tasman District has a rich history of both pre-European and early European occupation, especially alongside its coastal margins. Evidence of this occupation can be found scattered around the district.  Land cultivation, defence, food collection, storage, cooking and disposal, housing and human burial are examples of past activities where physical evidence that may have archeaological significance may be present. Council welcomes new information about existing sites, or local knowledge about where a previously unknown site may be present. 

Tasman Resource Management Plan

The Tasman Resource Management Plan (TRMP) requires that a NZ Historic Places Trust archaeological authority is obtained before any site is modified, destroyed or damaged.  Sites around the district that are known to the Council are also listed in the TRMP, and shown on its planning maps. 

Sections in the TRMP that are specific to cultural heritage sites protection are Chapters 10.2 and 16.13 and Schedule 16.13C, introduced as Plan Change 16.

To local Maori, some locations may also have special cultural significance, associated with people and events from the past. Such sites or areas are termed Wahi Tapu.

All sites, whether they are archaeological, Wahi Tapu, or both, are protected in the Tasman District under the Historic Places Act (1993) and the Resource Management Act (1991).

Further Information

For more information about Cultural Heritage in the Tasman District, please contact us.