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Pouerua heritage area is distinguished from other heritage areas because of the number and diversity of heritage values attached to it. One of its unique features is the visible pā site, that is described as 'a terraced and fortified volcano which still physically and spiritually dwarfs the surrounding Pākehā pastoral land as it once commanded a Polynesian horticultural landscape'. The area was gardened by Māori using traditional methods. Later, the area was settled by the Anglican missionary Williams family, showing early European connections. Human settlement and food production has occurred in the area for around 700 years, and the area shows the development of Māori and European agriculture and horticulture over this time. This area has been extended because it recognises the wider context, role of significant landscape components e.g. rivers, lakes, and maunga, and the cultural and historical interactions which have taken place.

View map of Pouerua Heritage Area(JPG, 563KB)

Read the associated rules in the Draft District Plan.
Review the full assessment and recommendations in the independent report(PDF, 6MB).