Heritage Fund

Heritage Incentives.

Overview

The Heritage Fund is for projects that conserve or restore the heritage value or character of a property that is recognised under the Horowhenua District Plan for its historical significance.

Eligibility

Eligible to apply are: 

  • owners of property listed in Schedule 2 of the Operative Horowhenua District Plan; and
  • owners of property within the Town Centre Heritage and Character Areas of Foxton and Shannon (as shown on Planning Maps 15A and 21A of the Operative Horowhenua District Plan)

for work associated with those properties. 

Not eligible are Council and Central Government entities.

Applications closed

Applications for the Heritage Fund closed on 31 July 2018. 

What is covered by this fund?

The following projects are eligible for funding:

  • Conservation and restoration work;
  • Strengthening of earthquake prone buildings;
  • Emergency building work;
  • Specialist advice;
  • Conservation plans (these plans guide the how the historic feature is cared for and managed); and
  • Relocation of a heritage building may be considered

Assessment Criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • the building, structure or site must be either listed (or proposed to be listed) in Schedule 2 of the Operative Horowhenua District Plan or identified within a Town Centre Heritage and Character Area (as shown on Planning Maps 15A and 21A of the Operative Horowhenua District Plan);
  • contribution to conservation and/or restoration of the heritage value;
  • whether necessary approvals from Council and Heritage New Zealand have been obtained;
  • the provision of any specialist advice from heritage professionals;
  • the costs are as accurate as possible and the applicant is willing and capable of covering the full cost and proceeding with the project;
  • the financial and project management skills of the applicant;
  • the works are consistent with the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) NZ Charter (ICOMOS NZ Charter is the recognised benchmark for heritage conservation standards and practice in New Zealand);
  • the work is to be undertaken during the same financial year; and
  • priority will be given to applications based on:
  • visibility of the project and public accessibility;
  • urgent work; and/or
  • essential maintenance, repair or stabilisation.

Decision to reimburse

In addition to the $20,000 for waiving/reimbursing, Council allocates $30,000 each financial year to the Heritage Fund (to be reviewed in 2020/21). How the fund will be allocated will be at the discretion of the Community Recognition and Funding Committee. The Committee will have the option to seek expert advice from a heritage professional if necessary.

Where the applications exceed the value of the available funding, the Committee will need to make a decision on how the fund is allocated (ie share the funding between applications or allocate the full amount to a specific project).

Heritage Fund Conditions

The Heritage Fund is for projects that conserve or restore the heritage value or character of a property that is recognised under the Horowhenua District Plan for its historical significance.

If successful, applicants will be required to enter into an agreement of acceptance covering matters of condition. Below are some examples of conditions that could be used.

1.     Commencement of Work - The following information must be provided to the Council prior to commencement of any work associated with the project:

  • a draft schedule of work;
  • who has been contracted to carry out the work;
  • timeframe for completion of the project.

2.     Funding from Other Sources - Council must be advised immediately of any changes to financial resources and arrangements connected with the project.

3.     Funding Release - Funding will be released at the completion of the work subject to:

  • confirmation that the work has been completed to any special conditions that apply;
  • authentication of expenditure (i.e. identification of what work has been carried out, by whom and at what cost) - originals of all invoices are to be provided
  • proof that all statutory consents (i.e. resource consents, building consents) have been obtained

4.      Progress Reports - Brief progress reports are to be provided on request.

5.     Review/Revocation - Financial assistance may be reviewed or revoked at any time if one or more of the following circumstances arise:

  • unsatisfactory work;
  • unsatisfactory progress;
  • non-disclosure, misleading or false disclosure of information.

6.      Appropriate Conservation Work and Financial Management - All work must be carried out in a manner consistent with appropriate heritage conservation practice and in accordance with generally accepted sound financial practice.

7.      Ongoing Protection (where applicable) - That all reasonable measures are taken to protect, in perpetuity, the heritage item to which the assistance applies.

8.      Acknowledgement of Assistance - That acknowledgement of assistance is made where this is requested by the Council.

9.      Special Conditions (where applicable).

Check Eligibility

Eligible to apply are:

  • owners of property listed in Schedule 2 of the Operative Horowhenua District Plan. Check what properties are listed on the schedule below.

Schedule 2 - Operative Horowhenua District Plan(PDF, 206KB) 

  • owners of property within the Town Centre Heritage and Character Areas of Foxton and Shannon. Check what properties are within these areas on the maps provided below.

Town Centre Heritage Map - Foxton(PDF, 1MB)
Town Centre Heritage Map - Shannon(PDF, 2MB)