New Zealand’s heritage is about our nation’s stories both past and future. Our cultural heritage defines and shapes us as a nation. Identifying, conserving, interpreting, and protecting our heritage, as expressed through our unique built environment, is fundamental to our understanding of who we are, and to the development of a sense of national identity.

Our heritage buildings are an important visual and historical presence in our landscapes. For many New Zealanders, identity and cultural well-being are connected to physical places of significance. It is only in New Zealand that the shared cultures of Maori and European combine in a Pacific context, to produce an architecture unique to this country.

Conserving and creating future heritage is therefore about preserving the dignity and meaning of our architecture, telling the stories of our past, and creating new stories for our future.

From Oxbridge to Arts Centre

Click here to explore Christchurch’s Canterbury College once the site of the city’s university and now an Arts Centre.

From Oxbridge to Arts Centre

Download the Shaping Our Places PDF
For more detail download the full publication Shaping Our Places: a manifesto for the Built Environment (pdf)
Dixon Street Flats
New Zealand Memorial Hyde Park London