General funding for heritage

There are various agencies including Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga which offer financial assistance for those who wish to protect and conserve heritage places.

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Funding for Māori Heritage (including Cultural Recovery Funding from 2021)

Administered by: various agencies including Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

There is a range of funding options available for Māori heritage, including new grants available through the Government’s Arts and Culture Covid Recovery Programme which supports iwi, hapū, whānau and Māori communities to protect their mātauranga and taonga from the impact and on-going threat of Covid-19.

National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund

Administered by: Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga.

The purpose of the National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund is to provide financial incentives to encourage the conservation of privately owned heritage places recognised on the New Zealand Heritage List, as opposed to those in the ownership of the public sector and agencies eligible for funding from the Lottery Grants Board. Priority is given to heritage places of national significance where conservation work is planned and could be improved through extra funding.

The annual appropriation approved by Parliament for this fund is $563,000 (GST inclusive).

Applications for the 2022 round open on 1 April and close on 24 June 2022.

Te Tahua Taioa Ngā Taonga | Lottery Grants Board Environment & Heritage Fund

Administered by: Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs.

Community organisations can apply to the Lottery Environment and Heritage Committee for funding grants for projects which 'promote, protect and conserve New Zealand's natural, physical and cultural heritage'.  Such projects can include historical publications, museums, whare taonga and art galleries as well as the conservation of historic buildings, structures, rolling stock, archaeological sites and wahi tapu sites.  

The Environment & Heritage Fund grants are made for small projects up to $250,000 and large projects of $250,000 plus.

The Committee meets twice a year in June and November to consider applications, which must be received three months prior to a meeting.  Heritage New Zealand staff are available to assist applicants with advice and/or professional endorsement for suitable projects. Contact your local Heritage New Zealand office for more details.

Oranga Marae

Administered by: Te Puni Kōkiri and Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs

Oranga Marae is a programme of support, advice and investment for marae. It gives whanau and hapū advice and support to help develop their marae and achieve their goals. This support may include building projects and activities to revitalise cultural knowledge.

A goal of the programme is to strengthen the ability of marae to pass on their ancestral knowledge of whaikōrero, karanga and local mātauranga, tikanga and kawa to descendants.

Oranga Marae can provide funding for 

  • marae development planning
  • technical or feasibility study support
  • cultural revitalisation activities
  • capital works.

Oranga Marae is administered by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Department of Internal Affairs. It replaces the Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities Fund which is permanently closed.  

Grants management system (application)

Programme phases

Eligibility and exclusions criteria.

To find out more about Oranga Marae, please visit Te Puni Kōkiri's website.

Regional Arts And Cultural Heritage Fund

Administered by: Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage

The Regional Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund  is a contestable fund of last resort which contributes typically no more than the last third of the qualifying capital project’s cost.

The RCHF accepts applications from institutions for genuine fundraising shortfalls, for qualifying capital projects at public: museums; galleries; iwi museums/whare taonga; heritage buildings or complexes housing significant collections; and performing arts venues.

To be eligible for consideration the primary function of a building will be to:

  • provide a performing arts venue for high quality and/or professional performing arts; and/or
  • provide an arts, culture and heritage exhibition venue (e.g. art galleries, museums, whare taonga); and/or
  • house collections of demonstrated importance to the region (e.g. art galleries, museums, whare taonga, heritage buildings or buildings at heritage sites where collections will be housed and exhibited).

Parkinson Memorial Park Trust

Managed by Perpetual Guardian

The Parkinson Memorial Park Trust was set up in 1974 by Mrs Marewa A W Jamieson, with the aim of assisting in the preservation of historic buildings in New Zealand. Preference is given to applications for historic places within Banks Peninsula but worthy projects bordering this boundary may be considered if funds are available after allocation is made to projects in Banks Peninsula.   

Consideration is given to 

  • Historic building or structures that are recognised on the New Zealand Heritage List as a historic place or wāhi tapu; or are situated within a historic area recognised on the New Zealand Heritage List within Banks Peninsula; or 
  • are listed or scheduled in the Banks Peninsula or Christchurch City District Plan.
  • Priority is given to private or publicly owned buildings which are regularly accessible by the public.

Grants will only be considered for restoration work – defined as the restoration process typically involving the reinstatement of the early form and detail of a building.  The Trust grants are intended to compliment and match owners' contributions.  Grants are usually paid when work has already been complete or is well underway. Applications are assessed annually with approximately $100,000 available for distribution this year - find out more about the application process, timeframes and the objectives of the Parkinson Trust.

Territorial authority grants

Heritage grants are the most common non-regulatory incentive offered in New Zealand, and most of these are discretionary grants which have flexible guidelines, and a competitive selection process.  Usually, an assessment committee determines which projects will be funded.

Heritage grants are provided by a large number of territorial authorities. Most funds are relatively small and individual grant amounts are often between $5,000 to $10,000.  Some of the largest funds are the Auckland Council Built Heritage Protection Fund, Wellington City Council’s Built Heritage Incentive Fund and the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund.

The Christchurch City Council’s Heritage Incentive Grants Fund provides financial assistance to owners of heritage items listed in the City Plan and Banks Peninsula District Plan.

Owners can also apply to the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund Trust to assist in funding insurance shortfalls for earthquake-related repairs to listed and non-listed heritage and character buildings damaged in the Canterbury Earthquakes.

Some local authorities also provide performance grants for specific types of work. Check your local authority's website for information about what they offer and their terms and conditions.

Professional Development Grant

Administered by: Te Papa Tongarewa

Up to $1,000 (ex GST)
Opens 1 July & closes 30 June (per financial year).

Use this Professional development grant to access museum or gallery training programme – local or international – with long-term benefits for you, your organisation and the sector.

Unreinforced masonry buildings

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has targeted funding support where owners who are required (under section 124 of the Building Act 2005) to secure facades and/or parapets of street-facing unreinforced masonry buildings can apply for a contribution to the costs.  Find out more on the website.

Incentives for Historic Heritage

Heritage New Zealand has prepared a toolkit that provides an overview of the range of regulatory and non-regulatory incentives including methods such as conservation lots, waivers of zone provisions, transferable development rights, grants and rates relief.  The toolkit (pdf, 3mb) outlines some of the benefits and costs of these incentives and examples of their use in New Zealand.


Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Trust 

A special appeal was launched to help fund the repair, restoration and strengthening of character and heritage buildings damaged during the Christchurch earthquakes 2010-2011. All donations to the Canterbury Earthquake Heritage Buildings Fund were matched dollar-for-dollar by the government up to $10 million.  

Funding was targeted to bridge the gap between insurance cover, and the actual cost of repairs and associated works including conservation works, structural upgrading and Building Code compliance works. Preference was given to to buildings where the preservation makes a significant contribution to the historic identity and visual character of a place and will, in turn, confer maximum public benefit.

The Fund was expended by the end of of 2020 and will be wound up by end of June 2021.  A full list of the heritage buildings supported is below.


Amount of grant

COCA $46,000
Junction Hotel, Rangiora $210,000
Turvey House $38,287
Oxford Terrace Baptist Church  $65,000
Minster House or J & H Bundy, Lyttelton $20,000
Christ's College Hare Memorial Library $50,000
Dyslexia Foundation, 21 Worcester Boulevard $50,000
Cashmere Hills Presbyterian Church $14,000
St Barnabas $200,000
Malthouse Theatre $20,000
Gunyah Country Estate $25,000
New Regent Street $76,000
CLJ Arts, 137-139 High Street $40,000
Ward's Brewery  $3,105
Isaac Theatre Royal $233,000
Hereford Chambers $140,000 & $160,000
Eliza's Manor House $37,500
Homebush woolshed $95,925
McKenzie and Willis $1,500,000
Ironside House $175,000
New City Hotel $142,132
Canterbury Club $28,720
Woods Mill $500,000
Victoria Black $225,422
The Globe Cafe (former Billens Camping) $750,000
Arts Centre $5,000,000
The Press building $5,000
Orton Bradley Park, stables (stone cottage)  $100,000
Knox Church $300,000 & $15,000
Trinity Congregational Church $334.75 & $26,306
Christchurch Girls High School Acland House $50,000
Community for the Sacred Name (Our House, Home & Family)     $200,000
Woodend Methodist Church $200,000
St Cuthbert's Church  $150,000
McDougall House (Nurse Maude) $50,000
Bank of New Zealand building, Kaiapoi $150,000
Adderley, Lyttelton $50,000
86 Chester Street, residence $91,031
88 Chester Street, residence $90,000
St Patrick's Church, Akaroa $200,000
Dean's Farm Buildings  $85,000
Church of the Holy Innocents, Mt Peel $30,000
St Peter's Church, Riccarton $200,000
St Bartholomew's Church, Kaiapoi $494,871 ($86,397 returned)
Church of St Saviour/Holy Trinity Church, Lyttelton $45,000
P & D Duncan building, St Asaph Street $45,000
Kaiapoi Pā Tekoteko $9,640
Chippenham Lodge $20,000 & $25,000
Tiptree Cottage $77,604
Arts Centre Observatory Tower $60,000
Hillcrest House $959 returned
Northam House, 22 Salisbury Street $80,000
Peterborough Centre (former Teachers College building) $4,000