Taonga Tuku Iho - Nelson City Council (NCC)

Local government for Nelson, New Zealand

Nelson’s taonga tuku iho is precious and contributes significantly to the city’s unique character and sense of place. The city’s rich history, both Māori and non-Māori, is reflected in the number of agencies, organisations and groups with an active interest in heritage. In recognition of the importance of Nelson’s remaining heritage, our Council is committed to the protection and management of the city’s heritage resources.

It has been 16 years since Nelson City Council adopted the Whakatū Nelson Heritage Strategy in 2006. Over this time, we have seen a quantum shift in how our community understands heritage and how we see ourselves within it. Taonga Tuku Iho offers an holistic approach to understanding heritage located within a te ao Māori framework. This approach encompasses built heritage, as well as the importance of natural and metaphysical heritage, such as language, stories and the arts.

The compilation of this document sets a precedent for community engagement and consultation, that is meaningful and inclusive. Engaging community early ensures we all can have input into a strategy that impacts us directly and where resource should be prioritised. Furthermore, the inclusion of iwi in discussions on heritage within Whakatū is at the heart of building true and practical partnerships.

Key deliverables:

  • Incorporate feedback from consultation and engagement conducted by Business Lab with iwi, community interest groups, rangatahi and youth;
  • Review action plan, recommendations and responsibility that reflects a shared partnership approach across agencies and iwi groups;
  • Draft Mihi/Foreword for Mayor Rachel Reese (possibly collaboration with Nelson City Council Kaumätua or Iwi Chairs).
  • Taonga Tuku Iho Heritage Strategy 2022—2032

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