A Chance to Preserve Kaipara’s Unique Heritage
Kaipara District Council is again offering help to preserve our District’s vital heritage through the Kaipara Heritage Assistance Fund.
The Fund was set up in 2006 and as a result of its success Council has again set aside $10,000 for 2010 to help and encourage people to protect and preserve resources of heritage value. These can include historic sites, buildings and archaeological sites. Projects can include archaeological assessments as well as physical preservation.
Individuals, groups - including community groups and organisations - private landowners, iwi and hapu can all apply. But to qualify for funding, projects must:
be within the Kaipara District
have the support of the owner of the heritage resource
be of proven historical significance
demonstrate some community benefit
be essential and appropriate to ensure the preservation of the heritage resource
include a contribution from the applicant
Last year nine projects were funded, including repairs to four historic churches, Anglican Church at Hukatere, Zion Church, Parirau, Whakapirau’s St Albans Church and the lovely Church of Epiphany in Tangiteroria. Other heritage buildings receiving assistance included the Historic Brick kiln in Paparoa, the Evans Tinsmith and Coppersmith Workshop, the Mangawhai Post Office, the old school building in Tara Road, Mangawhai and a small project at the Mt Wesley Cemetery.
New Zealand Historic Places Trust’s Northland Manager, Stuart Park, stresses the importance of protecting our unique, rich and varied heritage and is urging Kaipara residents to take up the offer of assistance.
“The knowledge we gain from our past helps communities understand where they have come from and what makes them special,” he says. “Cultural heritage is essential to our well-being and is not just an optional extra. Kaipara District Council is to be applauded for its initiative in helping residents care for the district’s heritage”
Mr Park emphasises that preserving our heritage successfully needs commitment from both private landowners and the community.
Applications to the Kaipara Heritage Assistance Fund close on Sunday 31 October 2010. Guidelines and application forms are available from Kaipara District Council service centres or online at www.kaipara.govt.nz. More information is also available from the Customer Service Team on 09 439 7059, 0800 727 059 or 0800 100 388.