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The Star: April 20, 2017

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8 Thursday April 20 2017 Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi The Star News HISTORIC: The Nurse Maude building in Merivale received a $345,000 heritage incentive grant for restoration. DETERIORATED: The old Public Trust building has been saved from demolition after a $1.9 million landmark heritage grant. Heritage grants – • By Bridget Rutherford MORE THAN $19 million of ratepayer money has been spent on restoring heritage buildings following the February 2011 earthquake – and advocates say it’s money well spent. The city council sets aside $763,000 every year to use for heritage incentive grants. It also gives out central city landmark heritage grants for larger projects. Figures released to The Star show the city council has given $5,725,557 from its heritage Anna Crighton incentive grant fund over the last six years. On top of that, it gave $10,942,500 in landmark heritage grants, and $2,650,000 to restoring the Arts Centre buildings. The money is used to restore and repair buildings with heritage status, listed under the district plan. They are subject to a covenant being put on the property so it protects the building for the future. DAMAGED: McLean’s Mansion got a $1.9million central city landmark heritage grant so it can be turned it into an art gallery. Owners can apply for up to 50 per cent of the cost of eligible work and it could include the fees of registered architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. They are paid after the work has been finished. Some of the buildings that got heritage incentive grants included the Nurse Maude Clinic in Merivale, which got $345,000, New Regent St buildings and a number of residential homes. Addington’s Woods Mill buildings have been given two grants, but the first one of $884,750 went back into the fund because it was not used. A new developer has received $900,000 to turn the buildings into a commercial and retail complex. SLEEP WARM & coMfoRtAbLE Experience better sleep on a Dreamwool Pocketspring or Natural Latex mattress. Filled with luxurious layers of natural wool and latex, enjoy better comfort and support with our unique Pocketspring systems and latex choices. Combine a Dreamwool mattress with a flexible slat frame for a modern look in your bedroom and experience even greater comfort, with easier bedmaking and more space. POPPY FUNERALS Refreshingly different... A fresh new face to funerals has stepped on the scene in the form of Poppy Funerals. The family owned and operated business has a refreshingly different approach to funerals. In the past, the only options available to families were those instructed by the funeral directors. This is not how Poppy Funerals feels funeral arrangements should be. “Families are best placed to know the right way to farewell their loved one. It’s not our place to tell them how they should grieve. When a family calls us to arrange funerals for their special person, we do what they want. If they want a traditional mournful funeral we will do that. But if they want a BBQ in the park, or a party to say good bye – we will do that too. Funerals have changed over the years, and it’s about time we as funeral directors changed with the times too. Our staff try to be bright and cheerful. There is enough sadness around when a person passes. We want to have the celebration of their life shine through the sadness.” It is Funeral Directors Jazz and Steve’s intention to change the world we live in, one funeral at a time. “We are a normal down to earth family, and I know when my time comes I want a down to earth sort of person there to help my family through.” Poppy Funerals are focused on family’s needs, offering services from Direct Cremation to full Celebration of Life burials or cremations, as well as a DIY option where by Poppy Funerals will do as much or as little as you want. Not being owned by multi-national or large corporations they have the flexibility to actually meet your needs. Phone: 0800 92 00 99 www.PoppyFunerals.co.nz 22 Kennaway Rd • www.dreamwool.com • Ph 343-5105

The Star Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Thursday April 20 2017 9 ‘money well spent’ Central city landmark heritage grants have included buildings such as McLean’s Mansion, which received $1.9 million, $1.7 million for Christchurch Club, and the former Public Trust Yani Johanson building owners got $1.9 million last month to save the building. Christchurch Heritage Trust chairwoman Anna Crighton said every dollar spent on heritage protection was “a dollar well spent”. She said there were strict rules on what building’s qualified for grants. “Otherwise it’s just ratepayer money just being thrown away.” She said there were many projects that needed money following the February 2011 earthquake, but for her, heritage buildings were a priority. “Once you’ve lost it, it’s gone forever.” City councillor Yani Johanson said following the earthquakes, the heritage incentive grant scheme became more important. “Heritage became absolutely critical post-quake.” City councillor Jamie Gough said restoring heritage buildings was difficult because it was time consuming and costly. The scheme made it a bit easier for owners to preserve the buildings, and it showed the city valued its historic fabric, he said. BEAUTIFUL: Christchurch Club (left) in Latimer Square was damaged in the February 22, 2011, earthquake, and got a landmark heritage grant of $1.7 million. Addington’s Woods Mill buildings (above) have received two different heritage incentive grants, but the first went back into the pool because the plan was dropped. MODEST: Heritage homes, such as this one on Montreal St, also qualify for heritage incentive grants. PHOTOS: MARTIN HUNTER Still trying to get your EQ damage or repair issues sorted We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners get what their policy promises. Talk to us about our “no win-no fee” approach. NO WIN NO FEE Ph: 03 377 8855 | 127 Ferry Road, Christchurch City E: reception@earthquakeservices.co.nz | W: www.earthquakeservices.co.nz