Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014

87 Offence of modifying or destroying archaeological site

(1)

If an authority is required in respect of an archaeological site, every person commits an offence in respect of that site if the person, without the authority of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga or of any person authorised by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga,—

(a)

knows, or ought reasonably to have suspected, that the site is an archaeological site; and

(b)

modifies or destroys the archaeological site or causes it to be modified or destroyed.

(2)

Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding,—

(a)

in the case of an action that amounts to destruction,—

(i)

$150,000 in the case of a natural person:

(ii)

$300,000 in the case of a person other than a natural person; and

(b)

in the case of an action that amounts to modification,—

(i)

$60,000 in the case of a natural person:

(ii)

$120,000 in the case of a person other than a natural person.