Protected Objects Act 1975

Version as at 28 October 2021

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Protected Objects Act 1975

Public Act
1975 No 41
Date of assent
19 September 1975
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

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


Title [Repealed]
1Short Title and commencement
3Act to bind the Crown
4Minister may acquire protected New Zealand objects
5Export prohibition
6Applications for permission to export protected New Zealand objects
7Chief executive must refuse or grant applications for permission to export
7AChief executive may not grant applications for permission to export in certain circumstances
7BExpert examiners
7CMatters expert examiners must consider
7DExpert examiners must recommend that applications for permission to export not be granted in certain circumstances
7EProtection from liability
7GRegistered object may not be permanently exported
7HCertificate of permission
8Conditions imposed by chief executive
9Appeal against chief executive’s decision
10Application of Customs and Excise Act 2018
10AImport prohibitions
10BClaims for return of unlawfully exported protected foreign objects
10CCompensation for and costs of returning unlawfully exported protected foreign objects
10DObjects stolen from foreign cultural institution
10ERestitution of stolen protected foreign objects
10FApplication of certain sections
11Establishing the ownership and custody of ngā taonga tūturu
11ATaonga tūturu found in customary marine title area
12Maori Land Court’s jurisdiction over ngā taonga tūturu
13Disposal of ngā taonga tūturu
14Registration of collectors
14ADuties of executors
15Licensing of auctioneers and secondhand dealers
16Certificate of examination to be issued by an authorised public museum
17Disclosure of information
18Replica of taonga tūturu
18AWilful damage
19Expenses of administration [Repealed]
20Annual report
21Saving of other enactments
23Consequential amendments
Title [Repealed]