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Introduction

The Regional Culture and Heritage Fund was a contestable fund to help communities meet fundraising shortfalls for capital construction projects. Rounds were usually held annually, but the timing and frequency of rounds varied. Eligible projects had to be at publicly-owned and accessible and related to arts, culture and heritage public facilities.  The fund was closed in 2024.

This page lists recipients of Regional Cultural Heritage Fund grants since it was established in 2016. It includes any extraordinary grant decisions made by the fund officials on behalf of ministers.

The total amount expended on sector capital projects between 2016 and 2024 was $68,232,226.

Recipients of Regional Cultural Heritage Fund grants

The tables below list the recipients of Regional Cultural Heritage Fund grants from when it was established in 2016 until it was closed in 2024. This includes any extraordinary grant decisions made by the fund officials on behalf of ministers.

The total amount expended on sector capital projects during this period was $68,232,226.

Round 8, 2023–2024

ProjectRCHF Grant*
Canterbury Museum, Christchurch$10,000,000
The Forrester Art Gallery, Oamaru$6,500,000

* (+/- any adjustments to quantum)

Round 7, 2022–2023

ProjectRCHF Grant*
Hawke’s Bay Collection Storage, Research and Archive Centre, Hastings$9,000,000
Court Theatre, Christchurch$3,000,000
Rotorua Museum, Rotorua (extraordinary decision)$4,000,000

* (+/- any adjustments to quantum)

Round 6, 2021–2022

ProjectRCHF Grant*
Te Pou Theatre, Auckland$1,170,356
Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre, Rotorua$632,000

* (+/- any adjustments to quantum)

Round 5, 2020–2021

ProjectRCHF Grant*
Museum of South Taranaki, Patea $164,030
Mahara Gallery, Waikanae, Kāpiti Coast $2,165,000
Pātaka Art+Museum, Porirua $279,234
Hokitika Museum, West Coast $794,830
Chatham Islands Museum $202,170
Waikato Regional Theatre, Hamilton $3,000,000
Arts Centre, Christchurch (Declined as ineligible under RCHF. Then granted residual Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (CEAT) funds from the wind of that source.  The supply of funds was administered through the RCHF baseline until an appropriate project was identified.  Therefore, it is shown as an extraordinary decision here). $1,250,000

* (+/- any adjustments to quantum)

Round 4, 2019–2020

ProjectRCHF Grant*
Raiātea Whare Taonga Resource and Archive Centre, Hokianga$300,000
Rotorua Museum, Rotorua$5,000,000
Expressions Whirinaki Arts Centre, Upper Hutt$1,280,164
The Loons Theatre, Lyttelton$981,000

* (+/- any adjustments to quantum)

Round 3, 2018–2019

ProjectRCHF Grant*
Lawson Field Theatre Seismic Strengthening, Gisborne$417,513

* (+/- any adjustments to quantum)

Round 2, 2017–2018

ProjectRCHF Grant*
Hawke's Bay Opera House Seismic Strengthening, Hastings$4,000,000
Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton$1,026,450
Anderson Studio Theatre, ASB Theatre, Marlborough*$900,000
Rakiura Heritage Centre, Steward Island$1,088,595
The Woolshed Heritage Centre, Masterton$22,884

* (+/- any adjustments to quantum)

Round 1, 2016–2017

ProjectRCHF Grant*
Arts Centre, Muka Studio Wing, Gore$110,000
Nelson Centre of Performing Arts, Nelson$1,500,000
Whakatāne Museum and Research Centre, Whakatāne$1,500,000
Whanganui Museum Redevelopment, Whanganui$400,000
The Meteor Theatre Redevelopment, Hamilton$368,000
Main Auditorium, ASB Theatre Blenheim, Marlborough*$1,000,000
Sarjeant Gallery Queens Park Redevelopment, Whanganui$10,000,000
Hillary Hut Conservation, Antarctica (extraordinary decision to address fundraising shortfall to complete urgent works)$180,000

* (+/- any adjustments to quantum)