The Government today (Tuesday 4 October 2011) introduced the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Bill to Parliament.

This Bill is intended to replace the Historic Places Act 1993, which established the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga) in its current form.  The Bill seeks to resolve tensions in the Trust's governance structure and better equip the Trust to fulfil its statutory functions.  The overall intention of the Bill is to re-balance heritage values against values associated with private ownership, and clarify the provisions of the 1993 Act.

The Bill also introduces emergency provisions to future-proof archaeological consenting in the event of natural disasters, along with new archaeological provisions which seek to achieve efficiency gains and improve alignment with the Resource Management Act 1991.

The full text of the Bill can be found online here.