1.         Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand (New Zealand) (N 551)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1990

Criteria  (vii)(viii)(ix)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/551/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/551/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Hydro-electric scheme (issue resolved)

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/551/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1992

[Oral report by IUCN and the Secretariat] 

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 16 COM VIII

Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand (New Zealand)

The Committee was informed that the Government of New Zealand has approved an application from a private company for a licence to export water from the World Heritage site. The exportation of freshwater would require the construction of a dam, a buried pipeline and four large reservoirs at Jackson's Bay. The Committee noted that the visual and ecological impacts of the proposed development project were not clearly known and that the legal and economic considerations which guided the decision to approve the project are being actively debated in New Zealand. The Committee instructed the Centre to contact the New Zealand authorities and request them to keep the Committee informed of the environmental impacts of the water export project.