Historic Places Trust launches appeal
BREAKING NEWS REPORTER
Incidents of vandalism on the country's heritage buildings, including Wellington's Antrim House, have cost the New Zealand Historic Places Trust tens of thousands of dollars.
The trust says the vandalism is a distraction from its core duties and has launched an appeal to help cover the costs of the damage.
The trust manages 48 properties nationally, including Boulcott St's Antrim House where its offices are based.
The Wellington building, which dates back to 1904, recently had historic lead lights in the old servery smashed. This act alone cost the trust $10,000 to fix.
In other incidents, thieves have stolen Wellington church Old St Paul's donation box and guttering.
Heritage destinations general manager Priscilla Pitts said the trust had had to spend its limited funds on repairs and upgrading security systems.
''The effect of having to pay for these repairs and potentially having to install costly security systems means we divert funds away from our core conservation and preservation activities.''
Mrs Pitts said it was hard to understand the disregard for protecting the country's heritage but it was all too common.
The appeal had been running for two weeks and had so far generated nearly $30,000. Many donors were individual members of the trust.
More information is available here.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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