Archaeology Process –
avoid any delays and ensure the best strategy

We are a heritage and archaeological consultancy firm that exports services around the country and across the globe.

UOA provide specialist research into our nation’s heritage through historic and archaeological means. By investigating archaeological material we can understand what has driven us to the decisions we have made as a nation as well as how we have coped with social, political, economic events in the past and even how we have and will cope with environmental issues like climate change.

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Many of our towns and cities throughout New Zealand had both prehistoric and/or historic occupation prior to the date 1900. If you are working in such an area or suspect it might be a possibility, you will require the services of an archaeologist. This includes all built structures and buildings, and land occupied prior to the date 1900, irrespective of whether it is part of the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero. (See or scheduled on a District Plan.

As consultant archaeologists we offer a thorough examination of any property at hand, fulfilling all legal obligations as laid out in the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act (2014), Protected Objects Act (1975) and Resource Management Act (1991) that may affect your development. Our professional services also include evidence and documents required for resource consents for council hearings and environment court as well as expert testimony.

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The Archaeological Process

Like other consent applications from Crown Entities, government and local council bodies, the process to determine if an archaeological authority is required and application can take several weeks or months. As a result, we recommend completing your due diligence as early as possible to avoid any delays and ensure the best strategy for your development in regard to any heritage/archaeological components. These should be undertaken well before breaking ground and/or demolition.

The following paragraphs outline the key services we provide to fulfil your requirements.


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Post Archaeological Authority application services

Once an archaeological authority is granted, there are a variety of conditions that can be required to fulfil the authority requirements.