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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti
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Financial incentives

The Dunedin City Council and Heritage New Zealand jointly administer the Dunedin Heritage Fund to support the continued use of the city's key heritage places.

The Dunedin Heritage Fund

The Dunedin Heritage Fund can provide incentive funding for a wide range of works.

These include:

  1. Essential repairs, stabilisation or core structural works.
  2. Restoration projects.
  3. Upgrades to code/regulation standards to enable contemporary use of heritage places, e.g. fire, earthquake, access provisions.
  4. Specific “like with like” material replacement/maintenance projects that protect the integrity of heritage buildings (e.g. slate or timber shingle roofing; copper gutters/downpipes; wooden joinery; stained glass; stonework; pressed tin ceilings; etc)
  5. Preparation of heritage conservation plans.
  6. Emergency or protective works to protect heritage fabric.

The Heritage Fund Committee has the ability to make grants or loans to the owner or occupier of any historic place within Dunedin for the purpose of assisting that owner or occupier to manage, maintain or preserve that historic place.

Owners/occupiers of any heritage building may apply. Generally, preference for assistance will be given to:

  1. Buildings/structures listed as Historic Places on the New Zealand Heritage List by Heritage New Zealand and/or scheduled as heritage buildings/structures/sites in the Dunedin City District Plan and/or mentioned in the Dunedin Contextual Thematic History;
  2. Places listed as Wāhi Tūpuna, Wāhi Tapu or Wāhi Tapu areas on the New Zealand Heritage List by Heritage New Zealand or scheduled as Wāhi Tūpuna on the Dunedin City District Plan;
  3. Buildings/structures in a Historic Area in the New Zealand Heritage List and/or within a Heritage Precinct of the Dunedin City District Plan;
  4. Places identified as archaeological sites in the Dunedin City District Plan;
  5. Places likely to meet the criteria for inclusion on the New Zealand Heritage List or the Dunedin City District Plan’s heritage schedule.

Funding round dates

The Heritage Fund now has four funding rounds per year.  The closing dates for each round of the financial year 2018-2019 are as follows:

  • 31st July 2018 – for August committee meeting.
  • 31st October 2018 – for November committee meeting.
  • 31st January 2019 – for February committee meeting.
  • 30th April 2019 – for May committee meeting.

Emergency applications may also be made at any time. More information on the Fund is available in the Heritage Fund brochure and the application form in the related information section.

To apply for grants from this fund, please contact the Heritage Advisor  on 03 477 4000 or

Other funding opportunities

The National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund, administered by Heritage New Zealand, provides financial incentives to encourage the conservation of nationally significant heritage places in private ownership. Priority is given to places of national significance which need conservation work and heritage places of national significance where consideration is planned and could be improved through extra funding. For more information please visit Heritage New Zealand’s website (link to external website, new window)

The Ministry of Culture and Heritage’s Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme (Heritage EQUIP) can also be accessed by the owners of buildings in Dunedin that listed are listed as a Category 1 historic place on the New Zealand Heritage List. More information about this fund can be found here: (link to external website, new window)

There are also a wide range of funds and community trusts open to non-profit organisations involved in restoration of buildings and other heritage.

For more information please contact the Heritage Advisor on 03 477 4000 or

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