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Heritage EQUIP Funding

On 12 August 2016 the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage announced the launch of the Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme. Information about the fund and resources to help building owners manage their property is now available at the Heritage EQUIP website.

Read Minister Barry's media release $12 million to support quake-prone heritage here.

Following the recent earthquakes in November 2016, here is some advice from Heritage New Zealand about steps to take if your heritage building is damaged,

Overview of Heritage EQUIP

The Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme (Heritage EQUIP) is a new initiative to assist private owners of nationally significant heritage buildings that are earthquake-prone.

Heritage EQUIP will comprise a contestable discretionary grant scheme. Eligibility for funding will include privately-owned earthquake-prone heritage buildings which are:

  • Category 1 historic places on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero;
  • Category 2 historic places on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero in medium and high risk areas.

Heritage EQUIP ‘Retrofit Fund’

A portion of the Heritage EQUIP fund will be dedicated to priority remediation projects. These are simple strengthening projects to address high risk building components such as verandas and parapets. Addressing these external features can, in many cases, significantly reduce the risk to life safety and enable building owners to meet required building standards (34% NBS) in a timely and cost-effective way.

Funding will be complemented by an online-information package for owners. The website will be developed progressively to:

  • provide information on how to apply for the grants;
  • serve as an information hub, helping to link to other information on MBIE and other government agencies’ sites, or relevant professional bodies;
  • provide information on managing a strengthening project, best practice solutions for strengthening heritage buildings, and successful case studies;
  • benefit a wider group of heritage building owners who may not be eligible for the fund.

All funding grants will be contingent on a matched contribution from one or more sources (including the private owner, local authority, charitable or community organisations).

Register here for Heritage EQUIP updates

Register here to receive email updates on Heritage EQUIP.

Heritage EQUIP Frequently Asked Questions Sheet (pdf format)

For more general enquiries about Heritage EQUIP, please email:


Updated on 1st May 2017