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Heritage EQUIP Funding

Heritage EQUIP - the place to find funding and advice to earthquake strengthen heritage buildings

In August 2016, the Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme (Heritage EQUIP) was launched. Information about the fund, and comprehensive resources to help building owners, is available on the Heritage EQUIP website.

To be considered at the next assessment meeting, applications must be received by 22 March 2019.


Heritage EQUIP assists private owners of nationally significant heritage buildings with funding for seismic strengthening projects.

Up to 50% of funding for strengthening works is available for:

  • Category 1 and 2 historic places on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero;
  • Buildings listed on another category of the New Zealand Heritage List (as a wāhi tapu, wāhi tūpuna, wāhi tapu area or historic area), or scheduled on a district plan will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

More information about the funding available can be found on the website.

The National Tobacco Company Building, Napier. $10,000 funding was received in 2017.

Comprehensive information

Heritage EQUIP funding is complemented by a comprehensive online information package that provides advice for building owners. The Heritage EQUIP website:

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

Union Steam Ship Company’s Offices and Stores, Dunedin. Photo courtesy of Graham Warman. $12,000 funding was received in 2017.

Register here for updates

Register here to receive updates on Heritage EQUIP.

For enquiries about Heritage EQUIP, please email:

Visit the Heritage EQUIP website for more information:

Milton Street substation, 259 Milton Street, Sydenham, Christchurch. $186,000 funding was received in 2018.

Updated on 10th January 2019