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Latest heritage buildings to benefit from Government fund

Ten heritage buildings from across New Zealand will have a more secure future, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today.

The Heritage EQUIP earthquake strengthening programme is providing $958,962 to recipients in a number of regional centres as well as main cities, with $842,472 going directly to seismic upgrade works.

"As part of a large restoration project, $250,000 has been awarded to help strengthen the Former Chief Post Office in Christchurch, one of Cathedral Square's oldest buildings and a Category 1 historic place," Grant Robertson said.

Former Chief Post Office Christchurch
The Former Post Office, Christchurch. Photo courtesy of Bernard Spragg, Flickr.

"About $116,490 in new grants will help regional heritage building owners get suitable professional advice.

"The buildings benefiting from this money are all Category 2 historic places in regional centres, including the Masonic Hotel in Cambridge, whose owners have been awarded $36,900 to assist them commission detailed structural and architectural designs.

"These grants were established as part of the package I announced earlier this year to help increase seismic upgrade activity in regional centres, and it's encouraging to see the strong level of interest being shown," Grant Robertson said.

The next round of Heritage EQUIP funding closes on Monday 29 July 2019.

The Masonic Hotel in Cambridge. Photo courtesy of Michael Jeans.

The list of recipients announced today is:

Upgrade Works Grants:

  • Poppelwells Building, Hastings ($50,000)
  • Former Kilwinning Lodge, Lyttelton ($150,000)
  • Former Chief Post Office, Christchurch ($250,000)
  • 131 Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt ($100,000)
  • Berry Building, Cuba Street, Wellington ($42,472)
  • Jubilee Hall, Parnell, Auckland ($250,000)

Professional Advice Grants:

  • St Aubyn Chambers, New Plymouth ($31,990)
  • Grosvenor Hotel, Timaru ($29,100)
  • Devonport Flats, New Plymouth ($18,500)
  • Masonic Hotel, Cambridge ($36,900)