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Tauranga City Plan

7A.1  General Objectives and Policies for Historic Heritage

Updated 11 Sepetmber 2018

The following general Objective and Policies are to be applied to all historic heritage.

7A.1.1 Objective - Historic Heritage

The factors, values and associations that define the City’s historic heritage are identified and protected.

7A.1.1.1 Policy - Identification of Historic Heritage

By identifying and protecting the City's historic heritage and its factors, values and associations by the extent that the following criteria are met:

  1. Generic Values (criteria to be applied in all assessments of historic heritage):
    1. Period
      1. Development sequence of a place or area;
      2. Likely age, duration of use or chronology of a place or area.
    2. Rarity or Special Features
      1. Unique, uncommon or rare features of a place or area which may be as a result of the cultural context of the place or area;
      2. Technical interest of all or any part of the place or area;
      3. Previous existence and nature of lost or obliterated components or aspects;
      4. Function of the place and its parts, and the relationship of the place and its parts with its setting.
    3. Integrity
      1. Condition, quality and state of original features of a place or area;
      2. Comparison with other examples of its class;
      3. Quality of any restoration, addition or modification of the place or area.
    4. Representativeness
      1. Characteristics and relationship of the place or area to other places or areas in its class, for example, in respect of design, type, features, technology, use, activity, location or origin.
    5. Context or Group Value
      1. Association with other places, areas or elements of its context;
      2. Association with and illustration of broad patterns of history;
      3. Places or areas in which evidence of the association or event survives in situ, or in which the settings are substantially intact.
    6. Diversity (Form and Features) 
      1. Characteristics, diversity and pattern of a place or area;
      2. Cultural influences which have affected the form and components of the place or area;
      3. Form, scale, colour, texture and materials;
      4. Historical content of the place or area with particular reference to the ways in which it has been influenced by historical forces or has itself influenced the course of history.
    7. Fragility or Vulnerability
      1. Components, form and structure of the place or area and the effect of this on its survival;
      2. Vulnerability to deterioration or destruction;
      3. Degree to which it is threatened and its context in terms of protection and services.
  2. Archaeological Qualities
    1. Information
      1. Potential of the place or area to define or expand knowledge of earlier human occupation, activities or events through investigation using archaeological methods.
    2. Research
      1. Potential of the place or area to provide evidence to address archaeological research questions.
    3. Recognition or Protection
      1. Registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust for its archaeological values, or is recorded by the New Zealand Archaeological Association Site Recording Scheme, or is an archaeological site as defined by the Historic Places Act 1993.
  3. Architectural Qualities
    1. Style or Type
      1. Style of the building or structure is representative of a significant development period in the region or the nation. The building or structure is associated with a significant activity (for example institutional, industrial, commercial or transportation).
    2. Design
      1. The building or structure has distinctive or special attributes of an aesthetic or functional nature. These may include massing, proportion, materials, detail, fenestration, ornamentation, artwork, functional layout, landmark status or symbolic value.
    3. Construction
      1. The building or structure uses unique or uncommon building materials, or demonstrates an innovative method of construction, or is an early example of the use of a particular building technique.
    4. Designer or Builder
      1. The building or structure's architect, designer, engineer or builder was a notable practitioner or made a significant contribution to the region or nation.
  4. Cultural Qualities
    1. Sentiment
      1. The place or area is important as a focus of spiritual, political, national or other cultural sentiment.
    2. Identity
      1. The place or area is a context for community identity or sense of place, and provides evidence of cultural or historical continuity.
    3. Amenity or Education
      1. The place or area has symbolic or commemorative significance to people who use or have used it, or to the descendants of such people;
      2. The interpretative capacity of the place or area and its potential to increase understanding of past lifestyles or events.
  5. Historic Qualities
    1. Associative Value
      1. The place or area has a direct association with, or relationship to, a person, group, institution, event or activity that is of historical significance to Bay of Plenty or the nation.
    2. Historical Pattern
      1. The place or area is associated with broad patterns of local or national history, including development and settlement patterns, early or important transportation routes, social or economic trends and activities.
  6. Scientific Qualities
    1. Information
      1. The potential for the place or area to contribute information about an historic figure, event, phase or activity.
    2. Potential - Scientific Research
      1. The degree to which the place or area may contribute further information and the importance of the data involved, its rarity, quality or representativeness.
  7. Technological Qualities
    1. Technical Achievement
      1. The place or area shows a high degree of creative or technical achievement at a particular time or is associated with scientific or technical innovations or achievements.

7A.1.1.2 Policy - Protection of Historic Heritage

By ensuring the particular factors, values and associations of the City's historic heritage are protected from the adverse effects of subdivision, use and development by having regard to:

  1. The character and degree of modification, damage, loss or destruction;
  2. The duration and frequency of an effect (for example long-term or recurring effects);
  3. The magnitude or scale of an effect in relation to the values and significance of the feature;
  4. The irreversibility of an effect (for example the loss of unique features);
  5. The opportunities for remediation or mitigation and the costs and technical feasibility of remediation or mitigation;
  6. The resilience of a heritage feature to change (for example the ability of the feature to assimilate change, or the vulnerability of the feature to change);
  7. The probability of an effect (for example the likelihood of unforeseen effects, ability to take a precautionary approach);
  8. Cumulative effects (for example the loss of multiple features, factors, values or associations).

7A.1.1.3 Policy - Removal or Amendment of an Item on a Heritage Register

The City Plan Heritage Registers shall be amended and updated without undue formality where:

  1. A resource consent has been granted to remove an item from a Register;
  2. A resource consent has been granted to alter an item on a Register;
  3. The underlying legal description for that feature changes.

Definitions in this section


archaeological site


the city


historic heritage


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