New Zealand retains a unique assemblage of places of cultural heritage value relating to its indigenous
and more recent peoples. These areas, cultural landscapes and features, buildings and structures,
gardens, archaeological sites, traditional sites, monuments, and sacred places are treasures of
distinctive value that have accrued meanings over time. New Zealand shares a general responsibility
with the rest of humanity to safeguard its cultural heritage places for present and future generations.
More specifically, the people of New Zealand have particular ways of perceiving, relating to, and
conserving their cultural heritage places.