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What is Aught, but as 'tis Valued? An analysis of strategies for the assessment of cultural heritage significance in New Zealand

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A clear strategy for assessing the significance of historic places is a prerequisite for effective cultural resource management. This paper reviews the context for significance assessment, examines the criteria and framework for its operation and identifies specific areas of imbalance and under-performance relating to the classification, assessment and evaluation of historic places in New Zealand. A comparative analysis of the Monuments Protection Programme (England) indicates considerable potential for the introduction of selective elements of the English system to New Zealand. This report makes a number of recommendations to improve the system for assessing the significance of historic heritage and then considers the wider implications of its impact on management priorities and operating systems.The issues raised unequivocally demonstrate the need for a comprehensive review of the strategic options for cultural resource management in New Zealand, together with an explicit statement of commitment to historic heritage.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2001

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