Kia whakatomuri te haere ki mua (to walk into the future our eyes must be fixed on the past).
Historic heritage is an essential part of Whakatū Nelson’s cultural values. The story of the Whakatū Nelson rohe is remarkable, with some accounts suggesting human arrival began as early as the 9th century. Our heritage resources are distinctive and link evidence of the past with the present, allowing current and future generations to better identify with their region.
Heritage in the Whakatū Nelson context can include buildings, places, objects, trees, archaeological sites, places or sites of significance to Māori, together with groups of these items.
When the Council spoke with the community in November 2015 about the Nelson Plan review, feedback made it clear people supported the protection of the region’s significant heritage, with only around 5% of respondents wanting Council to relax rules.
The draft Regional Policy Statement seeks to better focus our management of historic heritage by re-evaluating the way we list items, addressing heritage in relation to natural hazards, improving recognition of Māori cultural heritage and reducing duplication in regulation between agencies.
Currently the District Plan lists a range of items that have no regulatory protection (e.g. Category C buildings and Local Trees). This can generate a false sense of security and has administrative implications. The Draft RPS seeks to remove these categories and either elevate those items (Category C buildings and Local Trees) to a higher category or remove them from the Plan. Removed items would be placed into to a new online inventory resource. What are your thoughts on this?