Reprint as at 20 May 2014

Protected Objects Act 1975

Public Act1975 No 41
Date of assent19 September 1975
Commencementsee section 1(2)


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This Act is administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.


Title [Repealed]

1 Short Title and commencement

1A Purpose

2 Interpretation

3 Act to bind the Crown

4 Minister may acquire protected New Zealand objects

Part 1
Protected New Zealand objects, unlawfully exported protected foreign objects, and stolen protected foreign objects

Protected New Zealand objects

5 Export prohibition

6 Applications for permission to export protected New Zealand objects

7 Chief executive must refuse or grant applications for permission to export

7A Chief executive may not grant applications for permission to export in certain circumstances

Expert examiners

7B Expert examiners

7C Matters expert examiners must consider

7D Expert examiners must recommend that applications for permission to export not be granted in certain circumstances

7E Protection from liability

Registered objects

7F Register

7G Registered object may not be permanently exported

Certificate of permission

7H Certificate of permission

8 Conditions imposed by chief executive

9 Appeal against chief executive’s decision

10 Application of Customs and Excise Act 1996

Unlawfully exported protected foreign objects

10A Import prohibitions

10B Claims for return of unlawfully exported protected foreign objects

10C Compensation for and costs of returning unlawfully exported protected foreign objects

Stolen protected foreign objects

10D Objects stolen from foreign cultural institution

10E Restitution of stolen protected foreign objects


10F Application of certain sections

Part 2
Ngā taonga tūturu ownership and Maori Land Court

11 Establishing the ownership and custody of ngā taonga tūturu

11A Taonga tūturu found in customary marine title area

12 Maori Land Court’s jurisdiction over ngā taonga tūturu

Part 3

13 Disposal of ngā taonga tūturu

14 Registration of collectors

14A Duties of executors

15 Licensing of auctioneers and secondhand dealers

16 Certificate of examination to be issued by an authorised public museum

17 Disclosure of information

18 Replica of taonga tūturu

18A Wilful damage

19 Expenses of administration [Repealed]

20 Annual report

21 Saving of other enactments

22 Regulations

23 Consequential amendments

24 Repeals

Schedule 1
Authorised public museums

Schedule 2
UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property

Schedule 3
UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects

Schedule 4
Categories of protected New Zealand objects

Reprint notes

Title [Repealed]

  • Title: repealed, on 1 November 2006, by section 4 of the Protected Objects Amendment Act 2006 (2006 No 37).