Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Heritage New Zealand is a Crown entity, New Zealand’s leading national historic heritage agency and guardian of Aotearoa New Zealand’s national heritage. Heritage New Zealand's work includes identifying our heritage places, seeking to ensure they survive for appreciation by current and future generations, and fostering that appreciation by recording and sharing their stories.
The distinctive characteristics of New Zealand’s land and buildings are important to the way we shape our communities socially, economically, aesthetically and culturally. Conservation of this heritage enables New Zealanders to develop a greater understanding of their history and identity. Part of this heritage is lost forever each time an historic place is irrevocably changed. Heritage New Zealand's goal is to minimise unnecessary losses and damage by ensuring that the value of our heritage is acknowledged before irreversible damage is done.
The Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Earthquake Collection seeks to share stories of Canterbury’s historic heritage and Heritage New Zealand's earthquake recovery effort with researchers and the general public. The aim of this collection is to document the loss and damage to our local heritage during the 2010/2011 Canterbury Earthquakes, while also recording and remembering the built heritage of Canterbury prior to these events.