AUCKLAND EXPECTS THAT OUR UNIQUE HISTORIC HERITAGE WIll CONTINUE TO IMPROVE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE – BY REINFORCING OUR SENSE OF PLACE AND IDENTITY – AND PROVIDE A LEGACY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
KO TE ARO WHAKAARO O TĀMAKI MAKAURAU TĒRĀ NGĀ KŌRERO TUKU IHO MOTUHAKE E PĀ NEI KI A TĀTOU TE WHAKANUI TONU I TŌ TĀTOU ĀHUA NOHO MĀ TE WHAKAPAKARI TONU I TŌ TĀTOU WHAKAARONUI KI TĒNEI WĀHI ME TŌ TĀTOU HĀNGAI KI A IA ĀPITI ATU KI TĒRĀ TŌNA MAHUE HEI TAONGA TUKU IHO KI NGĀ WHAKATUPURANGA KEI TE HEKE TONU MAI.
311_ Our heritage is a legacy to pass on to future generations. Heritage reinforces our sense of history and place, is central to our well-being, and helps define what is unique and distinctive about Auckland. It is more than a social or environmental asset; it is also an important driver for economic development.
312_ Auckland has its roots in the natural topography and coastal environment, which has been shaped over the centuries by natural events as well as people, their needs and their aspirations. Our rich and diverse historic heritage includes the Auckland War Memorial Museum (Tāmaki Paenga Hira) and the Auckland Domain. It encompasses the extensive archaeological landscapes of Āwhitu Peninsula, the Auckland Isthmus volcanic cones, the Ōtuataua stone fields and the Franklin volcanic fields. It includes post-war architecture such as the Group Architect houses; infrastructure and engineering feats such as the Grafton Bridge; and our Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Our heritage places comprise sites, features, areas, townscapes, streetscapes, landscapes, settlements and other historical places. We value them as outstanding features in the Auckland landscape, and appreciate both their natural and human-made elements (see also Chapter 7: Auckland’s Environment).
313_ Historic heritage is of fundamental importance to tangata whenua, their culture and traditions. Sites of significance to tangata whenua, including wāhi tapu, are an important part of their heritage, established by whakapapa. Inherent in this relationship are ancestral obligations such as kaitiaki, to maintain and enhance the mauri of these places (see Chapter 2: Auckland’s Māori). Tangata whenua have developed their own knowledge, expertise and customary practices to care for heritage places. Retaining this knowledge and expertise is important, and something we will treasure and respect.
314_ Aucklanders are passionate about historic heritage. It contributes to our sense of belonging and identity, enriches our environment, provides continuity in our communities, and is a source of pride. A 2011 survey of a cross-section of the Auckland population shows that 88% of respondents believe that protection of historic heritage is important, 78% have visited a historic heritage site in the last six months, and 54% think historic heritage is not well understood in their area. We need to maintain this level of public appreciation and enjoyment of our heritage, and look for new opportunities to improve understanding of Auckland’s heritage values.
315_ Several organisations contribute to the effective management of Auckland’s historic heritage; some have statutory responsibilities, while others are driven by a knowledge of and passion for our heritage. These include the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT), the Department of Conservation, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, tangata whenua, the extensive network of local historical societies, community groups, and individuals.
316_ Our approach to historic heritage within Auckland is to be proactive and positive. We need to understand our heritage places, value them, and share our stories about them. We will therefore develop strong, robust and transparent mechanisms to identify, protect, manage and conserve our significant heritage places. This will be supported through investment, and by empowering Aucklanders to engage in the stewardship of our historic heritage (see Figure 4.1).