We have some special and unique places in Kāpiti and landowners can get financial help to protect them for future generations.
The Council’s Heritage Fund helps landowners manage and protect heritage features including historic buildings, ecological sites, geological sites, significant trees or waahi tapu. Whether it’s protecting native bush, restoring a heritage building or undertaking educational research, your project may be eligible.
Applications closed on 14 November 2020. The next funding round dates will be announced later in 2021.
Review the criteria and guidelines document below, to check if your project could be eligible before applying.
There are 11 projects benefiting from the 2020 allocation of the fund.
118 Waterfall Rd, Paraparaumu
Landowners of the 17.3 hectares heritage bush-remnant site have received financial support to protect and restore its native biodiversity, including native plant, insect, lizard and bird populations.
State Highway 1, Ōtaki
This heritage management project will control pest plants and animals in Haruātai Forest, the second biggest swamp forest remnant in the district after Ngā Manu–Jacks Bush. The remnant is a taonga of local iwi, and is used as an outdoor classroom by Te Wānanga o Raukawa students.
1400 Ōtaki Gorge Road, Ōtaki
Funding will assist the control of pest animals and weeds on a 125-hectare bush block on the edge of Tararua Forest Park. This block is a valuable part of an evolving ‘mountains to the sea’ ecological corridor that has the potential to link the wilderness of the Tararua Range to Kāpiti Island via the Ōtaki River, providing a safe habitat for many native bird species.
234 Te Hapua Road, Te Horo
The previous owners of 234 Te Hapua Road spent more than a decade restoring the 4.1 hectares of wetland on their property. The new owners are not only continuing restoration but also increasing the wetland’s size by retiring adjacent land from grazing and planting native wetland species. Protected by a QEII Trust covenant, the wetland is part of the regionally significant swamp and is considered one of the best and largest remaining examples on the Kāpiti Coast.
7 Morrison Road, Te Horo
The landowner is removing invasive plants and planting native trees to restore the margins of the Te Hapua wetland. This will enhance the 0.5-hectare wetland and provide 1 hectare of complementary dune forest habitat for native plants and animals.
34 Leinster Avenue, Raumati South
The funding will be used to save a large, protected kahikatea tree which is being threatened by a faster growing and larger Australian blackwood.
58 Hadfield Road, Peka Peka
Landowners of a site near the Waikanae Scenic Reserve will use the funds to reposition stock fences to provide protective buffer-planting around the forest’s edges, and control weeds and pest animals such as rabbits, possums, stoats and rats.
Telegraph Hotel, 284 Rangiuru Road, Ōtaki
Since opening in 1872, the Telegraph Hotel in Ōtaki has been an important social hub and business in the town for more than 125 years, and is a listed heritage property in the Kāpiti Coast District Plan. The owners have undertaken a major refurbishment since 2011 and will use the funds to re-roof the building in time for its 150th anniversary in 2022.
121 Amohia Street, Paraparaumu
The property owner has received funding for an arborist to protect two notable trees on their property – a rimu and magnolia (Magnolia grandifolia).
313 Reikorangi Road, Waikanae
The owners of the farm at 313 Reikorangi Road, Waikanae, are conservationists who have a 13-hectare area of bush on their property protected by QEII Trust covenant, which forms part of the Waikanae River catchment. Their funded project entails fencing and planting a wetland in a steep gully to protect the native trees and plants there.
74 Nga Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae
The Ngā Manu Trust has received support from the Heritage Fund to produce and install large information signs that will detail the biology and ecology of a little-known and threatened native plant the plant, Dactylanthus taylorii/Pua ō te Reinga.