Heritage shop fronts
We've put together this guide to help owners of Wellington’s historic shops to recognise, maintain and enhance the architectural heritage of their buildings.
Well-cared for character buildings improve the visual appeal of the central city and suburban shopping centres, and provide a compelling reason for people to visit an area.
The guide will help you to:
- find out more about architectural styles and heritage characteristics
- learn how to maintain, repair and upgrade historic shop fronts in a manner appropriate to their character and age.
While the guide has been prepared specifically for shop fronts on listed heritage buildings and in heritage areas, its principles can be applied to other shop fronts elsewhere in the city and its surroundings.
For information about funding available from the Council for heritage items, as well as suggestions for other sources of funding, see: Built Heritage Incentive Fund
Other organisations that offer support and guidance for heritage items
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Many of Wellington's heritage sites appear on the New Zealand Heritage List / Rārangi Kōrero
If a site is on this list, Heritage New Zealand may be able to advise you on how to maintain, preserve and develop it.
See Heritage New Zealand's Sustainable Management of Historic Heritage Guidance series.
This series aims to help local authorities, owners of heritage sites, iwi and hapū to protect and conserve historic heritage items under the Resource Management Act 1991 and other related resource management and planning legislation.
Heritage New Zealand also provides conservation advice to property owners.
Being on the New Zealand Heritage List does not necessarily mean statutory protection, but Heritage New Zealand can advocate for the protection of listed items. Statutory protection of heritage sites comes through the policies and rules in the District Plan.
For more information, contact Heritage New Zealand Central Regional Office.
Work on archaeological sites
Archaeological sites are protected under the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.
You should contact Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga:
- for information on investigating archaeological sites
- if a development involves disturbance of a site occupied before 1900 (eg, the whole of inner city Wellington), including Māori and early European sites.
You may need an Archaeological Authority before work is carried out - for more details check out Archaeology - Heritage New Zealand.
ICOMOS New Zealand
The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a non-governmental organisation of heritage professionals engaged in the conservation of places of cultural heritage value and dedicated to the conservation of historic monuments and sites.
ICOMOS NZ has produced the ICOMOS New Zealand Charter, a set of guidelines on cultural heritage conservation. The Charter is widely used in the New Zealand heritage sector and is a recognised benchmark for conservation standards and best practice. Its guiding principles are used by central government ministries and departments, local bodies in district plans and heritage management, and heritage practitioners.
The Council endorses the ICOMOS New Zealand Charter and recommends using it as a guide to conserving and developing heritage places.
New Zealand Archaeological Association (NZAA)
For information and advice about archaeological sites in New Zealand, visit: ArchSite - NZAA