Number of historic places

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

We count historic places because they are cultural resources that contribute to national identity and well-being. New Zealand’s heritage places provide a link to past generations and help us understand our cultural origins.

This indicator measures the number of places listed with Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, scheduled in district plans as places with heritage value, or recognised by the Department of Conservation as actively managed historic sites.

  • Image, Number of historic places.

    Most recent data

    Figure 1

    Note: Figure 1 combines information from Heritage New Zealand, the Department of Conservation, and regional and district plans. The figures from the Department of Conservation are an estimate only.
    See information about this data. 

    Figure 2

    See information about this data.

    Information about the data

    Figure 1

    Date published: Data downloaded in September 2013 
    Next update expected: TBA
    Update frequency: TBA
    Geographic coverage: National
    Demographic information available? No
    Internationally recognised measure? No
    Source: Heritage New Zealand (data collator)
    Purpose of the survey or data: To combine data from three sources to provide an estimated number of formally identified heritage in New Zealand. These sources are:

    • The New Zealand Heritage List Rārangi Kōrero (formerly known as the Register), maintained by Heritage New Zealand
    • heritage schedules in district plans
    • the Department of Conservation (DoC).

    Data quality: Every two years, Heritage New Zealand collates the data from DoC, regional and district plans, and their own New Zealand Heritage List to produce an estimated number of identified heritage places in New Zealand.
    Data on places of heritage significance is collected by other agencies including other government departments, the New Zealand Archaeological Association, and specialist groups such as the Institute of Professional Engineers and the Rail Heritage Trust.
    This data does not necessarily cover the heritage identified by these agencies except where it has also been recognised by DoC, Heritage New Zealand, or by local authorities. The data also excludes buildings or sites within scheduled historic precincts or areas that are not individually recognised by contributing agencies.
    Total figures are estimates only. Some duplication is unavoidable as Heritage New Zealand, DoC, and local authorities may recognise the same place in a different manner.
    A time lag may occur between when a site is demolished and when it’s removed from the New Zealand Heritage List.

    Figure 2
    Date published:  May 2017
    Next update expected: 2018
    Update frequency: Annually – the most up-to-date information can be found at Heritage New Zealand – Search the list
    Geographic coverage: National
    Demographic information available? No
    Internationally recognised measure? No
    Source: Heritage New Zealand
    Purpose of the survey or data: To inform people and groups about New Zealand’s heritage places. The list is also a source of information for the Resource Management Act 1991. Heritage New Zealand – About the list has more information.
    Data quality: Places that have been demolished as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes are removed as quickly as possible. Over 120 have been removed since 2010. However, a time lag may occur between when a site is demolished and when it’s removed from the New Zealand Heritage List.

    Want to know more?

    Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
    Department of Conservation – Historic places

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. Number of historic places – tables (Excel, 3 sheets, 16kb)

Includes breakdowns by year.

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