Archaeological sites are protected under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) Act 2014 and the Resource Management Act 1991. During the planning stage of a development an archaeological assessment may be required to determine the potential impact on cultural heritage. An assessment of the effect of the proposed work on archaeological sites will be required for an application to the HNZPT to modify or destroy an archaeological site.
We undertake archaeological assessments to assist our clients fulfil their obligations under the Acts. An assessment includes background research on the history of land use in the area and a site visit to determine what archaeological sites are present.
We have carried out archaeological assessments throughout New Zealand and are experienced in providing advice to clients on their options and obligations under the relevant Acts.