A copy of the Historic Places Trust Register

Matt Lane made this Official Information request to Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

The request was refused by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

From: Matt Lane

Dear New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga),

Currently you provide access to search results of the Historic Places Trust Register (up to 500 results at a time) at your site http://www.historic.org.nz/TheRegister/R... .

The Register consists of more than 5500 entries, so one could (if they were inclined) rebuild the list (slowly) by multiple searches, and copying and pasting.

For a full copy of the Register, you charge $300+GST.

I appreciate that charging for copies of the register must be a useful revenue stream for the Historic Places Trust. However, as a New Zealand citizen who pays taxes, I feel like you are charging me twice. My understanding is that Crown Research Institutes must ensure that they are financially viable by returning a profit, however as an Autonomous Crown Entity, I am not sure that charging for the Register fits your mandate to protect and promote historic places in New Zealand. I could be sympathetic to the $300 fee if I were convinced that it cost you that amount to provide me a copy of the Register. I do not believe that this is that case (I looking for just an excel spreadsheet, not a hardcopy).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Lane

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Good news - sometime in the last 8 years, Heritage NZ have decided to change their policy, and a CSV file of the places on the Register (now called 'the New Zealand Heritage List') can now be downloaded from this page:

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