"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. ..."
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.
Better regional assistance for earthquake-prone heritage buildings
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
Mark Gerrard Chair of Historic Places Canterbury has made the following Media Statements.
“Minister Barry’s announcement is an important first step in the preserving of the earthquake prone heritage buildings in our cities and the mainstreets of our rural towns.”
“The Heritage Community are pleased the Minister has included at risk Heritage New Zealand Cat 2 buildings. Many of our rural towns mainstreams are populated with Heritage New Zealand Cat 2 Buildings.”
"This is an important first step and we look forward to future announcements, from Minister Barry, that will ensure these heritage treasures on our rural mainstreets and cities are preserved for future generations.”
"Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Hon Maggie Barry, announced the $12 million contestable, discretionary fund scheme Heritage EQUIP (Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme) in Feilding today.
The scheme will assist owners required to meet the set timeframes to strengthen their buildings under the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016. It is available to owners of all privately-owned Category 1 historic places, and those listed as Category 2 (in medium and high risk areas only) on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero ..."