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RMA: Definition of Historic Heritage

RMA Amendment Bill: Definition of Historic Heritage

23 March 2000 Letter from Marian Hobbs to the Local Government and Environment committee outlining her expectations for the RMA Amendment Bill.

5 April 2000 Letter from Helen Clark to Marian Hobbs asking that she write to the select committee recommending that the heritage provisions are strengthened from Upton's original amendment bill.

Mid 2000 Ministry of Culture and Heritage submits report to select committee on RMA Amendment Bill. "The minister fully supports the inclusion of those clauses in the Bill that are considered to strengthen the existing provisions in the RMA for the protection of historic heritage".

Mid 2000 Ministry of Culture and Heritage submits a further report, requested by the select committee, on the implications of the inclusion of wahi tapu and “ancestral landscapes” in the definition of historic heritage. Does not recommend their removal.

September 2000 Ministry for the Environment submits a report to select committee, states that reference to 'ancestral landscapes' and 'cultural landscapes' "could usefully be added to the definition" of historic heritage. Further states that the definition would "benefit" from the inclusion of 'spiritual qualities'.

2 May 2001 Select committee votes on amendments to Upton's bill, the definition of historic heritage is amended to include "cultural landscapes", "ancestral landscapes" and "spiritual" values in the definition of historic heritage. The vote is 6 to 3 with all Labour members in favour. The vote is conducted in the presence of three Ministry of Culture and Heritage officials.

17 March 2003 The RMA Amendment Bill No2 replaces the RMA Amendment Bill; "cultural landscapes", "ancestral landscapes" and "spiritual" values are still included in the definition of historic heritage. All Bills are passed through Cabinet before introduction.

8 May 2003 During the committee stages in the House, Labour amends the definition of historic heritage, claiming the offending terms were inserted by the select committee and were not Government policy.

12 May 2003 Clark on NewsTalk ZB says terms were withdrawn because no “conscious” decision had ever been made about them.”

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