In 1954, New Zealand signed the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The New Zealand Government is considering the case for New Zealand to ratify the Convention and accede to its two Protocols.
In December 2012, the Cultural Property (Protection in Armed Conflict) Bill that gives effect to New Zealand’s international obligations to protect cultural property from destruction or theft in times of war was passed by the House.
As part of this project, the Ministry sought public input. A public consultation paper and questionnaire were prepared and sent to all libraries, museums, archives, iwi, and owners of Category 1 historic places, among others.
The consultation document can be accessed below. The consultation period has now ended on this issue.
The paper sets out seven key questions on which the Ministry had sought input. The most important of these were:
- What New Zealand cultural property of great importance to New Zealanders should be protected by the Convention?
- What New Zealand cultural property of the greatest importance for humanity as a whole should be protected by the enhanced protections offered under the Second Protocol?
- Should the protections offered under the Convention be mandatory for all qualifying cultural property, or can owners elect not to be protected?
Updated on 23rd July 2015