In 1954, New Zealand signed the Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. On 24 July 2008, New Zealand deposited its instrument of ratification of the Hague Convention with UNESCO. The Convention came into force for New Zealand on 24 October 2008.
The Cultural Property (Protection in Armed Conflict Act) 2012 came into force on 1 July 2013. The provisions in this Act enable New Zealand to accede to the First and Second Protocols to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. The objective of the Convention is to provide a regime that will protect cultural property of significance in times of armed conflict. The Convention is supplemented by two protocols.
In October 2013, Minister Christopher Finlayson was at the headquarters of the UN’s Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), where he formally deposited New Zealand’s treaty documents to join the Protocols to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Culture in the event of Armed Conflict.
Parliament's website contains the Select Committee report along with the first, the second and the third readings of the Cultural Property (Protection in Armed Conflict) Bill.
Updated on 7th October 2019