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Last modified: 10 Nov 2020 8:50am

A couple sitting at an outside table on a deck with a speech bubble saying 'how do we protect Selwyn's historic heritage?Efforts to protect the history of 12 of the districts’ heritage properties have received a boost through the Council’s Heritage Fund.

Building repairs, maintenance and a project to safely preserve historical artefacts will all be supported, with the fund awarding up to $39,000 towards the projects.

Keeping the district’s heritage alive is a big undertaking, which the Council supports through funding and through the District Plan, which identifies heritage buildings, structures, sites and trees and sets the rules for their preservation.

Selwyn has experienced several waves of settlement by Māori and Europeans over many decades. As a result there are sites, buildings and structures in our district which are of cultural or historic value to individuals, families, iwi, rūnanga and communities.

It’s important we look after all the things and places that are part of our history and identity, and preserve them for current and future generations to enjoy and learn from.

The Proposed District Plan updates the list of heritage buildings and notable trees as well as identifying and including new rules to recognise and protect sites and areas of significance to Māori. For more about how the Proposed District Plan plans to protect heritage items and how to make a submission visit our district plan page. Submissions are open till 5pm Friday 11 December.