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Last modified: 09 Nov 2021 1:26pm

Historic books and photographs laid out on a tableThe Council has agreed to set up an interim fund to protect the district’s history while a strategic heritage plan is developed.

Under the Long-Term Plan 2021-2031 the Council agreed to work with mana whenua and heritage groups to develop a strategic heritage plan.

Funding from the interim Selwyn Community History Fund is intended to support kaitiaki (guardians, conservators, and protectors), communities and community groups and their heritage activities while the plan is being developed.

It will support protecting, promoting and celebrating Selwyn’s history and making it more accessible for residents and visitors.

The Council also agreed to establish the Selwyn Community History Committee to oversee the development of the heritage plan.

Council Group Manager Community Services and Facilities Denise Kidd says it is the start of a process to make real change in the way heritage is supported in Selwyn.

“We have many hard working, passionate groups in the Selwyn community who are dedicated to preserving our heritage and what has made us who we are as a community today. The Council has supported these groups individually over the years through various funds, but this partnership process will bring these groups together with a vision to preserve our past together.”