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December update from Auckland Council’s Heritage Unit

The Heritage Unit has been reviewing Category A* historic heritage scheduled places.

More than 200 historical summaries have been completed as part of the Historic Heritage Schedule update project, which aims to update and provide consistent information about historic heritage across the Auckland region. The work has been completed by staff in-house, and by University of Auckland Summer Scholar Beth Maynard. Hundreds of other historic heritage places tagged for an information update.

Plan Change 22 (Auckland Unitary Plan) and Plan Modification 12 (Hauraki Gulf Islands Plan) is in its final run-up to becoming operative. This will add 31 sites to the Unitary Plan Sites and Places of Significance to Mana Whenua and four Māori heritage sites to the Hauraki Gulf Islands Plan.

It has been estimated that there are over 100,000 sites of significance across Tāmaki Makaurau and with this plan change the relevant schedules total 108 sites recognised by Auckland Council – less than 1%.

This plan change is part of the Māori Cultural Heritage Programme.

Image: Takāraro (Mt Cambria) looking towards Rangitoto (c.1883, Richardson). Takāraro (Mt Cambria) is a site within the plan change.