Care of heritage properties
31 August 2004
Government to lead by example in care of heritage properties
The government has adopted new standards to ensure its historic heritage properties are well cared for, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Judith Tizard announced today.
"Government departments will be required to lead by example by maintaining their heritage properties to international standards of heritage conservation," said Judith Tizard.
"The government has a large number of heritage properties in its care. It is important that we set a high standard in the maintenance and upkeep of these properties."
Judith Tizard says the policy is part of the government’s broader programme of enhanced care for New Zealand's heritage.
"This decision follows the establishment of a National Heritage Preservation Incentive Fund to encourage conservation of nationally significant heritage properties in private ownership. We have also amended the Resource Management Act 1991 to strengthen its historic heritage provisions and strengthened the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.
"I hope this initiative will provide a useful model for other owners of heritage property, such as local government, public institutions and the private sector."
The new policy can be viewed on the website of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage www.mch.govt.nz