Heritage places are important in shaping the character of the Kāpiti Coast. They are part of what makes Kāpiti unique.
We work to identify, protect and retain the District's heritage places to make sure they're retained for future generations.
Heritage places can include:
- historic buildings (including structures)
- ecological sites
- geological sites
- significant trees
- waahi tapu.
The Heritage Register is a 'living' document, with items added and monitored to make sure we can effectively identify and protect our heritage.
Protect historic heritage in Kāpiti
Do you want to protect an historic building, site or structure, a notable tree, or an archaeological site? Learn more about the nomination process here.
Heritage Fund - Now Open
We have some special and unique places in Kapiti and landowners can get financial help to protect them for future generations.
The Council’ Heritage Fund helps landowners manage and protect heritage features including historic buildings, ecological sites, geological sites, significant trees or waahi tapu. Whether it’s protecting native bush, restoring a heritage building or undertaking educational research, your project may be eligible.
Applications close on 14th November
The Historic Places Act 1993 and the Kāpiti Coast District Plan protects archaeological sites, which are 'any place associated with pre-1900 human activity, where there may be evidence relating to the history of New Zealand'.
If you're a contractor, earthmover, landscaper, developer or surveyor, please familiarise yourself with your legal requirements concerning such sites by reading Digging up the past.
For information on tree protection rules governing the trimming and removal of native vegetation click here
Both brochures are also available from Council service centres.