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National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund

 

The National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund, administered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust, provides financial incentives to encourage the conservation of nationally significant heritage places in private ownership. Priority is given to heritage places of national significance which need conservation work and heritage places of national significance where conservation work is planned and could be improved through extra funding.

Who can apply for funding?

Any private owner whose heritage properties and conservation projects meet the eligibility requirements will be eligible to apply to the fund.

Public sector agencies (government departments, Crown entities, state-owned enterprises, regional councils, territorial authorities, local authority trading enterprises) and persons and agencies eligible for funding from the Lottery Grants Board (for example incorporated societies, charitable trusts, companies with charitable status) will not be eligible to apply to the fund.

What types of properties are eligible for funding?

Any property in private ownership that is either registered as a Category I historic place under the Historic Places Act, or could satisfy the requirements for Category I registration, is eligible to apply to the fund.

Any wahi tapu or wahi tapu area in private ownership that is either registered under the Historic Places Act, or could satisfy the requirements for wahi tapu or wahi tapu area registration, is eligible to apply to the fund.

Please contact your nearest NZHPT office for advice if you are unsure about the heritage significance of your property.

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

The following conservation projects are eligible for application to the fund:

  • Stabilisation, repair or restoration relating to historic buildings or structures (eg. repairs to masonry, joinery, plaster or glazing, earthquake strengthening or fire protection);
  • Conservation work relating to land or archaeological sites (eg. site stabilisation, repair, vegetation management or fencing);
  • Professional services (eg. research, condition reports, conservation plans, conservation work specifications, management plans or supervision of work).

What types of projects are NOT eligible for funding?

The following projects are not eligible for application to the fund:

  • Construction of new buildings or structures not for the purpose of preserving heritage values;
  • Additions, extensions, facilities or amenities of existing buildings;
  • Reconstruction or replicas of missing buildings or structures;
  • Removal, relocation or demolition of buildings or structures;
  • Insurance, debt repayments or re-financing costs;
  • Purchase of land or buildings;
  • Purchase or conservation of portable heritage objects;
  • Purchase of construction machinery or tradespersons' equipment;
  • Heritage conservation projects that have already been completed.

How much and what type of assistance is available?

Assistance is in the form of grants, or low interest loans where the administrative and legal costs are justified. The fund will pay no more than 50% of the cost of conservation work in any particular case, and individual grants will not normally be greater than $100,000.

How and when can I apply for funding?

Applications must be made on the appropriate form provided by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and sent with all required supporting material to the nearest NZHPT office. There are no closing dates for applications, and they can be made at any time.

The form may be downloaded from this website, in Word or pdf form.

How will my application be assessed?

All applications will be assessed by the NZHPT on the basis of a set of criteria including extent of national significance, extent of public benefit, level of urgency of work, level of conservation standards proposed, and cost effectiveness. Additional criteria used by the NZHPT include value for money in the national public interest, geographic spread and the types of heritage to be conserved.

Approval of applications is made by the Board of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust at its meetings.

How and when is funding paid out?

Once funding is approved, a contract will be signed between the NZHPT and the owner of the heritage property specifying the conservation work to be funded and the applicable conditions.

Conditions may include the establishment of a heritage covenant under the Historic Places Act, or other guarantees that the property will be protected from damage, demolition or destruction. Other conditions will include compliance with all statutory requirements, availability of the property for inspection of the conservation work, agreed completion dates, and public reporting of the project.

Grants from the fund may be made in instalments, and the final payment will normally be made after certification, following final inspection, that the agreed conservation work has been completed.


Further Information

For further information on applying to the fund, contact your nearest New Zealand Historic Places Trust office:

Northland Area Office
(for applications from Northland)
PO Box 836
Kerikeri
Tel: (09) 407 4443
Fax: (09) 407 3454
Email: infonorthland@historic.org.nz
Northern Regional Office
(for applications from Auckland, Hauraki, Thames/ Coromandel)
Private Box 105-291
Auckland
Tel: (09) 307 8896
Fax: (09) 303 4428
Email: infonorthern@historic.org.nz
Lower Northern Area Office
(for applications from Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Gisborne)
PO Box 13339
Tauranga
Phone: (07) 578 1219
Fax: (07) 578 1141
infolowernorthen@historic.org.nz
Tira Pouhere Taonga
(for applications concerning Maori heritage)
PO Box 2629
Wellington
Ph (04) 472 4341
Fax (04) 499 0669
Email: information@historic.org.nz
Central Regional Office
(for applications from lower North Island, including Taranaki, and from Nelson-Marlborough)
PO Box 19173
Wellington
Tel: (04) 801 5088
Fax: (04) 802 5180
Email: infocentral@historic.org.nz
Southern Regional Office
(for applications from Canterbury, West Coast)
PO Box 4403
Christchurch
Ph: (03) 365 2897
Fax: (03) 374 2433
Email: infosouthern@historic.org.nz
Otago/Southland Area Office
(for applications from Otago, Southland)
PO Box 5647
Dunedin
Ph: (03) 477 9871
Fax: (03) 477 3893
Email: infodeepsouth@historic.org.nz
 

 



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