“More owners of heritage buildings discover quake upgrade fund” Stuff Online Article.

"More owners of heritage buildings discover quake upgrade fund " Chris Hutchings Stuff Online Article:

"Increasing numbers of heritage building owners are tapping into money from the Government's Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme, known as EQUIP.

As well as providing grants for work, owners are now also eligible for professional advice grants, to provide up to half the costs of seismic assessments, conservation reports, and architectural and structural engineering plans. ..."


“Hon. Marian Hobbs appointed Heritage New Zealand Board Chair” HNZPT Media Release


Hon. Marian Hobbs
(Image HNZPT)

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga welcomes the appointment of the Hon. Marian Hobbs as its Board chair, for a three year term that ends on 30 June 2022.

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Grant Robertson, announced the appointment recently on behalf of the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Marian replaces the Rt Hon. Wyatt Creech who has stepped down after just over five years as Board Chair.

"This very welcome appointment as Chair of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga continues a lifelong celebration of all that is and has been Aotearoa New Zealand," Marian says.

"I always taught New Zealand literature to my students: I ensured that at least 25 percent of music played on New Zealand radio stations was New Zealand music.

"Like Wyatt, I believe that we know ourselves if we know and understand where we have come from."

Marian was a list member of Parliament from 1996 to 1999 and Member for Wellington Central from 1999 to 2008 before retiring from politics.  Prior to this she had an extensive career in education, including seven years as principal of Avonside Girls’ High School in Christchurch.  In 1993 she was awarded the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal.  Today, Marian is based in Dunedin.

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Chief Executive, Andrew Coleman, says the new appointment reflects an appreciation of the importance of heritage in the well-being of all New Zealanders and telling the story of who we are.

"Marian’s appointment will further strengthen and advance the experience, guidance and stewardship that Wyatt provided our organisation.  These are exciting times for heritage with strong Government support.  Marian brings not only a wealth of knowledge to this position but also a genuine passion for heritage and the arts."

The National Historic Landmarks/Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu programme

In the the media release by the Hon Grant Robertson :

“New Zealand’s first national historic landmark announced” Hon Grant Robertson Media Release

The following Q&A explanation was included.

The National Historic Landmarks/Ngā Manawhenua o Aotearoa me ōna Kōrero Tūturu programme was introduced by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014.  Heritage New Zealand works in partnership with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and other stakeholders including the Department of Conservation to deliver the programme.

Details about National Historic Landmarks is available on the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga website at: www.heritage.org.nz/the-list/national-historic-landmarks

Questions and Answers

Q 1: What is the National Historic Landmarks programme?

A: The National Historic Landmarks programme was introduced by the Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga Act 2014 (HNZPTA) to acknowledge those places that New Zealanders demonstrably care about as cornerstones of national identity.

Q 2: Haven’t we already got a Landmarks programme?

A:Tohu Whenua is the new name of a tourism programme covering a nationwide regional group of visitor assets.  A pilot programme, under the name Landmarks Whenua Tohunga, was initiated in 2015 in Northland. Otago followed with the West Coast included in December 2018 under the new name Tohu Whenua.  The National Historic Landmarks programme, in contrast, recognises heritage places of deep significance to New Zealanders as the stories they tell are meaningful and their survival important to us all.

Q 3: Who runs Tohu Whenua?

A: Tohu Whenua is run by Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Department of Conservation and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. The aim is to showcase our historic and culturally important places to locals and tourists in a coordinated way.  Heritage New Zealand now oversees this programme, with a programme manager based in Wellington.

Q 4: What is the aim of National Historic Landmarks?

A:The aim is to protect heritage places most important to New Zealanders through long-term risk planning and management, including from natural disaster. These places have rich historical, physical, and cultural significance and without them we are losing something special that identifies us as New Zealanders. A key policy objective of National Historic Landmarks is to help prioritise the government’s heritage conservation efforts, including earthquake strengthening. 


“Earthquake-prone buildings changes to help provinces” RNZ News online

"... The Minister for Building and Construction Jenny Salesa announced the change, in Feilding this morning.

She says the changes will make it easier for owners of such buildings in small towns to undertake modest building work, without having to start seismic strengthening work at the same time. ..."


Heritage In The Budget 2019

The following spending were found in the Budget 2019  documents: 

Building and Construction
Residential Earthquake Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme
Led by the Minister for Building and Construction. This funding supports the remediation of multi-unit, multi-storey residential earthquake-prone buildings in high seismic risk areas through a suspensory loan scheme. It will be available to owners of such units who are in, or facing, financial hardship, where properties were purchased or acquired before 1 July 2017. ($ million)
Estimates Vol.10
Vote Building and Construction
2018/19 -
2019/20 5.400
2020/21 4.900
2021/22 1.500
2022/23 1.500
Capital 10.000
Management of Historic Places (M4) $14,364,000 ->$15,114,000
Earthquake-prone Heritage Buildings (M4) $2,870,000 2018/19 -> $6,986,000 2019/20
See p16 of attached "Vote Arts, Culture and Heritage"
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga $13,838,000 2018/19 actual -> $14,588,000 2019/20 budget (increase 5.4%)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation
The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly a result of the new policy initiative for Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga to maintain and improve heritage outcomes in the face of increasing demand for its services nationally. In addition funding is provided to Heritage New Zealand for costs associated with the acquisition and repurposing of heritage property.
Treasury Budget 2019 pages at the following link:
Summary of Initiatives in Budget 2019: