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$A11.2m fund to fix NZ heritage buildings

AAP logoAAP 12/08/2016

The New Zealand government has announced a $NZ12 million ($A11.23 million) fund to help strengthen privately-owned heritage buildings.

Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry says the cost can be prohibitive when they have to be brought up to earthquake-proof standards, particularly in provincial areas.

"We don't want to see valued buildings empty and deteriorating, or even demolished, because it isn't economical to strengthen them," she said on Friday.

The fund will be contestable for all privately-owned Category One heritage buildings, and for Category Two listed buildings in high earthquake risk areas.

Applicants will be expected to match funding with local government, philanthropic, community and their own contributions.

An expert advisory panel will be set up to assess applications.

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