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Fund launched to protect New Zealand’s earthquake threatened heritage buildings

Fund launched to protect New Zealand’s earthquake threatened heritage buildings
August 26, 2016

The New Zealand Government has launched a new scheme to provide funds to strengthen a number of privately-owned heritage buildings over the course of the next four years.

Launched by New Zealand Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry, the Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme (Heritage EQUIP) will provide $12 million in funding for Category 1-listed heritage structures across New Zealand and for Category 2-listed buildings designated as having a high to medium risk of seismic damage

Commenting on the program, Minister Barry stated “the cost of strengthening heritage buildings can be prohibitive and unsustainable for their owners (and) we don't want to see valued buildings empty and deteriorating, or even demolished, because it isn't economical to strengthen them.

“This new fund will support owners to preserve our building heritage for future generations."

The fund will be made available for Category 1-listed heritage structures across New Zealand and for Category 2-listed buildings designated as having a high to medium risk of seismic damage in locations like Wellington or Queenstown.

Applicants seeking funding will need to match the government grant with like-for-like finances, which can privately funded, or raised through local government, philanthropic or community contributions.

For more information go to www.mch.govt.nz/heritageequip

Image: The earthquake damaged Christchurch Cathedral.

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