Ensuring heritage buildings are safe for
the enjoyment of present and future generations

The Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Programme, or Heritage EQUIP, is a new fund established to provide financial support and advice for private owners of nationally significant earthquake-prone heritage buildings to seismically strengthen their buildings.


Heritage buildings have value to all New Zealanders, but it is the owners who bear the seismic strengthening costs. Strengthening can be expensive, so there is a real risk that these buildings will remain vacant or that we may lose some of this precious heritage and identity.


In many places, heritage forms the cornerstones of commercial districts in our towns and cities. To have key commercial buildings vacant or out of action creates significant financial impacts for business owners and the wider region.


That’s why the government decided to establish the Heritage EQUIP support package to assist private owners of heritage buildings in strengthening their buildings to meet the requirements of the Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings) Amendment Act 2016 (the Amendment Act).


The Amendment Act requires owners of earthquake-prone buildings nationwide to carry out work on their buildings so they are no longer earthquake prone. The timeframe for this work will depend on the seismic risk area in which the building is located.


The $12-million programme will initially run from 2016 to 2020. It provides funding for seismic strengthening projects and information on strengthening earthquake-prone heritage buildings.


Heritage EQUIP is administered by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. The Ministry is working alongside the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Heritage New Zealand to develop this programme.


Related links

What Heritage EQUIP funds - the type of work we fund

Am I eligible? - the criteria you'll need to meet to be eligible for funding

How to apply - application forms and guidance

Seismic strengthening projects - common hazards and potential solutions for earthquake-prone heritage buildings

Regulatory framework - legislation and regulations to be aware of when undertaking a strengthening project

Who's who in Heritage EQUIP - finding experts who can help with your project