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The Historic Places Act 1993 provides protection for all archaeological sites that pre-date 1900. Under the Historic Places Act, an archaeological site is defined as:
Under the Historic Places Act, anyone who wishes
to destroy, damage or modify an archaeological site requires an authority
under section 11 or 12 of the Act. Applications for authorities are made
to the Wellington office of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. The
Act allows for up to 3 months to make a decision on the authority, after
the authority application has been accepted. If granted, an authority
has a life of two years. An authority may be granted with conditions.
Any archaeologist carrying out work as a condition of the authority must
be approved by the Trust under section 17 of the Historic Places Act.
Katharine Watson Archaeology July 2003 Page 14
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