Conservation Minister Nick Smith yesterday announced a grant
of $75,000 for the restoration of the historic Arrowtown
Gaol, enabling the Wakatipu Heritage Trust to forge ahead
At the site of the gaol - the fourth oldest in New Zealand
and the only surviving building of its type from the gold
rush era - Dr Smith said it was important New Zealanders
protected not only their natural heritage, but their
''For this truly gorgeous town that has an international
reputation, it's buildings like this that make Arrowtown
''If we don't get on and do some of the [work], we'll lose it
The building fell into disrepair in the 1950s until it and
the land around it was declared a reserve in 1961.
However, the prison had continued to decline and now required
urgent work on drainage, plastering, repointing, internal
fabric repairs and possibly earthquake strengthening.
It was estimated the work would cost between $180,000 and
The Community Conservation Partnership Fund was announced in
March and will provide $26 million over the next four years
to community organisations undertaking natural heritage and
It is particularly focused on supporting heritage projects.