20 Jul 2010

Changes ahead for Historic Places Act

8:53 am on 20 July 2010

The Historic Places Trust says proposed changes to its Act will help it to address Maori concerns more appropriately.

The Minister of Culture and Heritage wants to bring the Historic Places Act in line with the Resource Management Act to create a more streamlined application process for property developers and owners who want to modify, damage or destroy historic sites.

Senior archaeologist Rick McGovern-Wilson says although the process will be simpler and shorter, protection levels should remain the same.

He told Waatea News that all site applications will now go to the trust's Maori Heritage Council.

Regional hui will be held in October to explain the proposed changes.