Bruce Chapman (C.E.O N.Z.H.P.T.) has generously made available the text of his "Earthquake-prone Buildings Policy Announcement" Media Statement.
"The timeframes for national historic landmarks and Category 1 historic places provide owners with the opportunity to plan for both assessing their properties, where this hasn't already been done, and to explore options for funding this work.
Some owners may find that they want to strengthen to an even higher standard than that, as it increases the commercial viability of their building.
The NZHPT provides information to owners that helps them consider their properties, what work may need to be done, and how they may be able to approach it. There's a range of information available on our website for all owners.
We note the government is looking at the issue of financial incentives in the coming months. Given the public values of these significant historic places, incentives may be valuable in ensuring their retention, but that's a matter for the government to consider at this time."
Media and Marketing Advisor
New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga
Antrim House, 63 Boulcott Street
PO Box 2629, Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: 04 470 8066 Mobile: 027 683 9065