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Through our work for clients such as Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the NZ Transport Agency, we understand the difficulties associated with managing historic heritage. We have a comprehensive understanding of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 and its relationship with the Resource Management Act 1991.

Whether you are the owner of a historic building or a third party concerned about the potential loss of a historic building, we can provide practical advice on the provisions relating to heritage buildings.

Recent experience

Mclean’s Mansion

McLean’s Mansion, a Category 1 heritage building, suffered significant damage in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Heritage New Zealand refused an application by the owner to demolish the building, and the owner has appealed that decision to the Environment Court. We appeared for Heritage New Zealand in the Environment Court, and successfully defended its decision to decline consent to demolish the building.

Heritage Provisions of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan

We advised the NZ Transport Agency on the heritage provisions of the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan and appeared at the hearing on these provisions. The key concerns related to the proposed introduction of a prohibited activity status for the demolition or substantial alteration of Category A buildings.

Old Mangere Bridge

The NZ Transport Agency has sought resource consents to replace the Old Mangere Bridge in Auckland with a new purpose-built walking and cycling bridge. This project included assessing the effects of demolishing the Old Mangere Bridge, which has undisputed heritage values. We represented the NZ Transport Agency at a Council hearing to consider the resource consent applications and are now advising on an appeal lodged in the Environment Court against the grant of the consents

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