8-2 Accidental Discovery Protocol (ADP): Archaeological Sites, Archaeological Areas, Historic Areas or Waahi Tapu

​Where, during earthworks on any site, any archaeological feature, artefact or human remains are accidentally discovered or are suspected to have been discovered, the following protocol shall be followed:
​i.​All work on the site will cease immediately. The contractor/works supervisor will shut down all equipment and activity.
​ii.​The area shall be secured and the consent holder or proponent and Hamilton City Council must be advised of the discovery.
​iii.​Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga must be notified by the consent holder or proponent so that the appropriate consent procedure can be initiated.
​iv.​The consent holder or proponent must consult with a representative of the appropriate iwi to determine what further actions are appropriate to safeguard the site of its contents.
​In the case where human remains have accidentally been discovered or are suspected to have been discovered, the following will also be required:
​v.​The area must be immediately secured by the contractor in a way which ensure human remains are not further disturbed. The consent holder or proponent must be advised of the steps taken.
​vi.​The Police shall be notified of the suspected human remains as soon as practicably possible after the remains have been disturbed. The consent holder or proponent shall notify the appropriate iwi and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and Hamilton City Council within 12 hours of the suspected human remains being disturbed, or otherwise as soon as practically possible.
​vii.​Excavation of the site shall not resume until the Police, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga and the relevant iwi have each given the necessary approvals for excavation to proceed.
Note
If any land use activity (such as earthworks, fencing or landscaping is likely to modify, damage or destroy any archaeological site (whether recorded or unrecorded) an "authority" consent from Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga must also be obtained for the work to lawfully proceed.

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