Special issue on World Heritage sites in New Zealand, at the occasion of the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee held from 23 June to 2 July in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Special Issue
  • Message from UNESCO Director-General Mr Koïchiro Matsuura (p.4)
  • An Interview with Mr Tumu te Heuheu, Paramount Chief of the Ngati Tuwharetoa Māori Tribe and Chair of the 31st session of the World Heritage Committee (p.34)
In Focus
  • Tongariro National Park
    The spectacular landscape of Tongariro has cultural and religious significance for the Māori people and is New Zealand’s oldest national park. (p.8)
  • Te Wāhipounamu – South West New Zealand
    The breathtaking diversity and beauty of New Zealand’s highest mountains, longest glaciers, tallest forests, wildest rivers, most rugged coastlines and deepest fjords and lakes. (p.18)
  • New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands
    These five remote and relatively untouched island groups are home to diverse species and inspired conservation initiatives. (p.26)

World Heritage in the Pacific Island Nations. The outstanding cultural and natural heritage spanning more than a thousand islands. (p.36)

From our Advisory Bodies

ICCROM’s involvement in supporting preservation of cultural heritage in the Pacific Islands and the Asia-Pacific Region. (p.46)


Pacific Regional Environment Programme support for World Heritage; A blank spot on the World Heritage map. (pp.50-54)

  • Preservation
    Frozen tombs and global warming; Viet Nam and Lao PDR promise transboundary cooperation; Effective management; Historic cities in Eastern Europe; Mid-Atlantic Ridge; Fire in Valparaiso. (pp.56-58)
  • Sites in Danger
    Bam to get Management Plan; Attack on Dečani; Bamiyan progress report. (pp. 60-63)
  • Outreach
    Sharing Our Heritages; Training heritage professionals; Large boost for the Africn World Heritage Fund; The carboNZero programme; Royal Palaces of Abomey in Young African Hands; Cultural tourism in the Syrian Arab Republic. (pp.66-71)
In Print & Online

A selection of books, brochures or publications, press articles and multimedia dedicated to World Heritage. (p.74)