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“Latest heritage buildings to benefit from Government fund” Hon Grant Robertson M.P. Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage (Media Release 16.05.2019)

The following announcement / media release was taken from the Heritage Equipement Govt site.
Note: The next round of Heritage EQUIP funding closes on Monday 29 July 2019.
16 May 2019
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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.

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

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“Better regional assistance for earthquake-prone heritage buildings” Hon Grant Robertson, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage (Media Release 11.02.2019)

Better regional assistance for earthquake-prone heritage buildings

Hon Grant Robertson Assoc Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Owners of heritage buildings in regional areas are set to benefit from changes to Heritage EQUIP, the national earthquake upgrade incentive programme, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson announced today. 

“Heritage buildings are integral to the character of regional New Zealand, but the cost of strengthening can be prohibitive for owners in these areas,” Grant Robertson said.

“These owners face lower building incomes and values that often don’t justify the upgrade expense, and there can also be a shortage of locally available professional advice.

“Tailoring funding for heritage building owners in regional, medium and high seismic risk areas gives them more options to manage the unique earthquake strengthening challenges they face. 

“These owners are now eligible for new Professional Advice Grants, which are designed to assist people at the beginning of the earthquake upgrade process.

“The grants provide up to 50 per cent of the costs required for obtaining services such as detailed seismic assessments, conservation reports, architectural and structural engineering plans.

“Many regional building owners are also able to apply for up to 67 percent of upgrade works costs.

“As an extra incentive, multiple-building applications can seek funding of up to 67 per cent of professional advice costs.

“I encourage building advisors, councils, civic and heritage trusts and other qualified entities to work on behalf of groups of building owners in regional locations.

“Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, which administers the Heritage EQUIP fund, is also in the process of establishing a pilot partnership programme with selected local authorities, to address local issues and identify seismic strengthening pathways.

“Government is keen to ensure more building owners access Heritage EQUIP funding to secure their valuable heritage buildings for the future, and these changes will help to facilitate this,” Grant Robertson said.

Applications for Heritage EQUIP funding are received three times per year, with upcoming rounds closing on 22 March and 29 July 2019.

Detailed information about the new incentives, along with advice for building owners planning seismic strengthening projects, is available at www.heritageequip.govt.nz

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“Strengthening our national archives and libraries” Hon Grant Robertson MP Assoc Minister of Arts Culture and Heritage Media Release

Strengthening our national archives and libraries

A new programme of work is underway to strengthen the contribution our national archives and libraries can make to New Zealand’s culture and democracy, Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin and the Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Robertson said on Wednesday.

“The National Library of New Zealand, Archives New Zealand and the audio-visual archive Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision have vital roles in our democratic and cultural infrastructure,” says Grant Robertson. (more…)

“Town Hall decision a boost for city heritage” Grant Robertson M.P. Media Release (Labour Party)

Robertson_Grant-Big"Christchurch City Council’s decision to save the Christchurch Town Hall represents a line in the sand for heritage buildings in Christchurch, says Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Grant Robertson."

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“Time to stop the heritage destruction madness” Media Release From Grant Robertson M.P. Arts Culture and Heritage Spokesperson (Labour)

Robertson_Grant-Big“The news that the historic McLean’s Mansion is to be demolished is the latest blow to Christchurch’s heritage. With no apparent plan from the government or local authorities to protect the city’s heritage hundreds of buildings with cultural and historical significance are being torn down."
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Updated: The Roles Have Been Changed In A Reshuffle- Grant Robertson M.P. – The New Labour Party Spokesperson For Arts Culture and Heritage

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Image: Labour Party (NZ)

Grant Robertson the Deputy Labour Party Leader is now the Labour Spokerperson for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Of interest there are two Associate Labour Spokespersons for Arts Culture and Heritage.
Jacinda Ardern M.P. &  Darien Fenton M.P. (more…)