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Heritage in Central Otago

Central Otago has a very rich heritage based on both its agriculture and gold mining past. Our heritage can be seen throughout Central Otago in many forms and provides us with a strong sense of place and belonging. It tells us a story of where we came from, ties us together as a community and helps to create an identity for who we are as individuals as well as who we are as a district.  Our unique and distinctive heritage ranges from our vast, wide open, breath-taking and sometimes harsh landscapes through to our goldmining relics, mud brick cottages, impressive stone masonry and extraordinary stories of our past. 

The district is blessed with a wealth of museums, heritage buildings, and heritage organisations - many of these are listed within the Community Directory. Also listed is a fabulous array of heritage-related events.

As we go forward into the future, the community of Central Otago wish to ensure that the act of protecting our magnificent heritage is balanced with celebrating and enhancing it at the same time.

Towards Better Heritage Outcomes for Central Otago

In 2012 ‘Towards Better Heritage Outcomes for Central Otago’ was developed by the communities of Central Otago.  This report identifies community-inspired recommendations for managing the future of Central Otago’s heritage.  There are many recommendations within the report, including:

    Review how communities can best support local owners to maintain and value the heritage on their properties;
    Encourage the use of heritage in tourism promotion; 
    Consider how museums can share resources and support one another; and
    Source new avenues of funding for heritage, including the creation of a new heritage fund.

The Central Otago Heritage Trust is co-ordinating and implementing the recommendations within the report, though many groups, organisations and individuals are involved in various heritage projects within Central Otago.

Heritage Funding

There are a number of funding sources available for heritage-related projects.  For more information on funding, click here.

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