Export Requirements and the Protected Objects Act

The Protected Objects Act 1975 regulates the domestic trade of ngā taonga tūturu, and the export of New Zealand‛s moveable cultural heritage. Under the Act, permission is required from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage before any protected New Zealand object can be exported.

The Act regulates the export of any art object which relates to New Zealand, is more than 50 years old and is of national, historical, or artistic value or importance. Applications for permission to export must be made to the Ministry for Culture and Heritage at https://mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/protected-objects/exporting

Export applications can take between 4 to 12 weeks to be processed, and longer in particularly complicated cases.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Export applications are available from International Art Centre or Ministry for Culture and Heritage
Ph. (04) 499 4229