Heritage Management Strategy

"History is the action and reaction of these two, nature and thought - two boys pushing each other on the curbstone of the pavement."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Fate


Cover - Heritage Management Strategy. Our City's natural, cultural and historic heritage is an integral part of Porirua's identity and uniqueness. As the world globalises and New Zealand cities' become more and more alike, our heritage is becoming more important, as it reminds us of our past, our identify, and what makes us unique.

Porirua's heritage, like its population, is diverse. Council aims to manage this heritage in partnership with landowners, community groups, and other agencies. This management approach recognises the role of heritage in Porirua's identity and uniqueness, and the need for this heritage to continue to be a part of the City going into the future.

To achieve this, Porirua City Council prepared a Heritage Management Strategy to guide its role in the management of natural, cultural and historic heritage in Porirua City. The Strategy also sets out a range of projects that Council will implement.


The vision of the Heritage Management Strategy is:

  • The celebration and protection of Porirua City's natural, cultural and historic heritage in a way that involves communities and stakeholders working in partnership with Porirua City Council.

Statutory context

Council is required to regulate aspects of the City's heritage under the Resource Management Act. The Heritage Management Strategy guides these statutory requirements and aims to achieve more than just regulation through creating partnerships and assisting with other aspects of heritage management, such as education and promotion.

The Heritage Management Strategy was prepared under the special consultative procedure of the Local Government Act 2002. It was notified in December 2009 and submissions were heard in April 2010. Council adopted the Heritage Management Strategy, with changes made after submissions, at its meeting on 12 May 2010.


Contact Us

For more information about Heritage Management at Porirua City Council or the Strategy, contact us on phone (04) 237 5089.

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