Other funding sources

There are several sources of funding for earthquake strengthening projects. You may be able to access more than one of these funding sources, although conditions are likely to apply.

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Heritage New Zealand National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund

Heritage New Zealand administers the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund. It provides funding to encourage the conservation of nationally significant heritage places.

The fund is open to private owners and gives priority to heritage places of national significance where conservation work is planned and could be improved through extra funding.

Heritage New Zealand and Heritage EQUIP funding managers coordinate efforts where possible. In general, if your building is on the New Zealand Heritage List, applications for funding seismic upgrade professional advice should go to Heritage New Zealand and applications for funding seismic upgrade works should go to Heritage EQUIP.

National Heritage Preservation Incentive fund - Heritage New Zealand website

Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Securing Fund

The Government and affected councils have set up the Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Securing Fund to support building owners with buildings in certain areas.

In 2017, the Government changed the Building Act to address the risk to public safety from unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings in certain areas. They are:

  • Wellington City
  • Hutt City
  • Marlborough District area
  • Hurunui District Council area.

These areas have been identified as having an increased risk of earthquakes during the 12 months, following the Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquake in 2016.

The affected streets in these areas are listed in the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery (Unreinforced Masonry Buildings) Order 2017. Councils will tell building owners if they need to secure the parapets and facades on their buildings.

If you plan to strengthen your building as well as secure the parapet and/or facade, you may be able to access the Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Securing Fund and Heritage EQUIP funding. You won’t be able to get support from both funds for the same work. However, owners of a heritage building could apply to the Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Securing Fund to secure the parapet and façade, and to the Heritage EQUIP fund to strengthen other parts of the building. Heritage EQUIP may consider supporting work required under this initiative if the scale of works is unusually large.

Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Securing Fund – Building Performance website

To discuss your options for Heritage EQUIP funding, contact the Heritage EQUIP Fund Manager.

Regional Culture and Heritage Fund

As well as administering Heritage EQUIP, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage also manages the Regional Culture and Heritage Fund (RCHF). 

This fund provides grants for not-for-profit organisations (including councils) that own buildings used for art gallery, whare taonga, museum, performing arts, or heritage purposes.  

Projects can involve heritage or newer buildings, and includes seismic strengthening, renovating, restoring, adding to, or constructing buildings.

The projects must be focused on improving the existing building stock or adding new buildings to our arts, cultural and heritage infrastructure.

Regional Culture and Heritage fund - Ministry for Culture and Heritage website

Local council grants and incentives

Some local councils provide grants or incentives such as rates rebates for heritage building projects. Contact your local council to find out what they offer.

Local Government New Zealand website

Lottery Grants

Lottery grants may provide funding for seismic assessment reports and earthquake strengthening work for community and heritage buildings. Privately or commercially owned buildings do not qualify for this grant.

Community Matters website