Waitaki Heritage Fund

The Waitaki Heritage Fund was established in 1992, replacing the North Otago Heritage Fund. In 2021 the fund was restructured. The purpose of the fund is encourage heritage place owners to retain, preserve, conserve and maintain historic buildings and sites.

After a first-year allocation of $50,000, $100,000 per year has been allocated to the fund under the Long-Term Plan. There are three application rounds per year (July–September; November–January; March–May). Decisions will be issued in October, February, and June, following the preceding round. All applicants will be notified in writing of the Committee’s decision.

Who can apply for funding?

You can apply for assistance if you are the owner of a heritage building in the Waitaki District or own land upon which an historic site is located. That is: 

  • Buildings/structures/sites listed as ‘historic places’ on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rārangi Kōrero (‘The List’) and/or scheduled as contributing buildings/heritage buildings/ structures/sites in the Heritage Appendix of the Waitaki District Plan.
  • Places listed as Wāhi Tūpuna, Wāhi Tapu or Wāhi Tapu areas by Heritage New Zealand.
  • Contributing buildings/structures in a Historic Area in The List and/or within a Heritage Precinct of the Waitaki District Plan.
  • Places likely to meet the criteria for being included on The List or the Waitaki District Plan’s heritage appendix.

What can you apply for?

The grants are for works that enhance the historic character of heritage buildings or sites. Generally, preference will be given to (in no particular order):

  • Restoring or reconstructing missing original features (such as parapets).
  • Painting in heritage colours of a previously painted structure.
  • Paint removal where the paint is inappropriate or damaging to a structure.
  • Essential repairs, stabilisation, or core structural works (eg repairs and maintenance, for example, re-roofing, damp proofing, gutter replacement).
  • Upgrades to code/regulation standards to enable contemporary use of heritage places
  • Specific “like with like” material replacement/maintenance projects that protect the integrity of heritage buildings.
  • Preparing of heritage conservation plans or condition reports.
  • Emergency works to protect heritage fabric.
  • Earthquake strengthening works.
  • Retrospective works will be considered at the discretion of the committee.
  • Emergency applications may be made at any time.

There is more detail about methods and approaches to conservation work in the policy [link].

From time to time the committee may prioritise particular types of applications. For example, conservation and preservation of sites that are earthquake prone or applications from building owners in Oamaru’s town centre.

What kind of works are not eligible?

Works that do not enhance or preserve heritage values.

  • Additions and extensions to heritage buildings.
  • New signage.
  • Works on Council or Crown-owned properties.
  • Full or partial demolition of a heritage building; and
  • New buildings within heritage areas/heritage precincts.

How to apply

This fund is closed. It opens for applications again on 1 July 2022. 

Printable form: Waitaki Heritage Fund Application Form

If you are considering applying to the heritage fund, contact our Heritage Advisor who can provide with support and advice 

Recent grant projects

Check a list of projects the Heritage Fund has contributed to from 2020 onwards.