A range of public and private sector clients engage us to preserve and adapt New Zealand heritage assets to meet changing needs.

This is both as a result of our strong reputation in this area and our practical conservation approach to preserving heritage sites and buildings. This involves managing change to existing buildings and structures and identifying sensitive repair strategies, including methods of traditional, innovative and (wherever possible) reversible intervention while retaining the historic fabric for future generations. We make certain that important features and elements are retained in any change of use.

Our heritage work includes:

  • assessing archaeological sites
  • maintaining, repairing, and refurbishing well-known national buildings, monuments and sites and historic infrastructure
  • maintaining, repairing and refurbishing small scale dwellings and private houses, local monuments, memorials, sculptures and other historic structures.

How do we define heritage?

Heritage by definition is property that is or may be inherited. Our collective inheritance incorporates all the natural and physical resources which contribute to our understanding and appreciation of our history and cultures.

In New Zealand, these resources include historical sites and structures, places and areas, archaeological sites, sites of significance to Māori, including wāhi tapu, and surroundings associated with natural and physical resources. Heritage can apply to a geographical place e.g. a structure, house, site, or area, or can be associated heritage values and heritage significance, or connections with a person, group, or community. This includes Māori and European heritage.

Our built environment includes archaeological, historical, social, and economic values which are captured within our Historic Places and Areas. As building consultants Maynard Marks are actively engaged in the conservation and sustainability of our heritage assets for the present and the future.

Our heritage guidance framework

  • ICOMOS NZ Charter 2010
  • ICOMOS Burra Charter 2013
  • ICOMOS Venice Charter 1964
  • Relevant National Standards
    • Heritage New Zealand (HNZ) Pouhere Taonga Act 2014
  • Relevant International Standards
    • BS 7913: 2013 Guide to Conservation of Historic Buildings
  • Regional and Unitary Plans
  • Recording & Surveys
    • HNZ – Archaeological Guidelines series No. 1 Investigation and Recording of buildings and standing structures – Survey levels 1-3
  • NZ Historic Places Trust info sheet – Guidance
    • g. No. 11 Repairs & Maintenance to historic places & areas
  • Sustainable Management of Historic Heritage (HNZ)
  • Historic England
    • Understanding Historic buildings May 2016 Survey levels 1-4
  • Historic England: Conservation principles, policies & guidance, 2008
  • The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings S.P.A.B. Principles & Approach

Acting as your representative, we can provide you with the following services:

If you would like to talk to us about your heritage conservation project, please contact us on T: +64 9 912 2550 or E: office@maynardmarks.co.nz

Building Surveying

Building surveyors are involved in the design, construction and management of buildings. We can help at all stages of a building’s lifecycle from new/planned buildings, existing and defective buildings through to heritage buildings... more >>

Project Management

Our role as project managers is to ensure the successful outcome of a project. Our skilled team can help you from your project’s inception through to its completion by managing the design process and the professional team and/or the construction and contractors... more >>


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Quantity Surveying

If you want to ensure your building project aligns to your budget our quantity surveying cost consultancy specialists can help. Regardless of the size of your project, we’ll help you to effectively manage costs at every stage:... more >>

Asbestos consultants

Asbestos Consulting

If you suspect your building or site contains asbestos, Maynard Marks can assist you with the identification, management, removal and the provision of a clearance certification for Asbestos. Maynard Marks employs a large team of Licensed Assessors... more >>

Asbestos consultants

Structural Engineering

If you want robust, effective structural engineering advice, we can help... more >>