What does Whangarei's heritage mean to you? Think it over and let us know so we can take your ideas into account when we review our District Plan.
18/12/2014 12:00 a.m.
In 2014 Whangarei celebrated 50 years since reaching city status (20,000 people). Now, serving a district of some 84,000 people, the Whangarei District Council (WDC) is reviewing its operative District Plan built heritage provisions and those relating to Sites of Significance to Maori.
As part of the ‘pre-consultation’ process for proposed plan change PC124 Built Heritage, WDC is seeking feedback from the public on what heritage means to the community and visitors, what informal ways of celebrating heritage are important, how heritage protection should be funded in the district, and what operative District Plan heritage provisions warrant changing.
Councils are required to identify and protect historic heritage as a matter of national significance under the Resource Management Act 1991, with the main mechanism being the District Plan. Heritage New Zealand (formerly the New Zealand Historic Places Trust) has primary responsibility for promoting the conservation of the country’s national heritage and historic places and the administration of the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
Heritage values are seen as being derived from a collection of places, features, customs and traditions and their context over time. Heritage resources contribute to the district’s identity, amenity, character and wellbeing, while providing reminders and connections with the past (including through modern methods of story telling), sources of information, and interest for visitors. However, built heritage resources can also be vulnerable to damage, decay, unsympathetic additions or alterations and on-going maintenance costs which need to be addressed in District Plans.
In May 2013 WDC resolved to place increased reliance on Heritage New Zealand for the identification and assessment of built heritage items of significance, supplemented by recognition of heritage at a more local, community level through non statutory methods such as structure plans and sense of place initiatives.
Pre-consultation feedback related to proposed PC124 Built Heritage closes on 15 February 2015 with further details available by following this link:
Plan Change 124 Built Heritage