Robert McGregor Heritage Fund

Launch of the Heritage Fund

In November 2017 Art Deco Trust is launching the Robert McGregor Heritage Fund. The purpose of this fund is to enable the Trust, in partnership with the Napier City Council to provide financial assistance to owners of heritage buildings and in doing so, continue to support the preservation and restoration of this critical element of the Napier story.

The fund is named after Robert McGregor (1940-2015). Robert was a founding member of the Art Deco Trust, the Trust’s first President and its first Executive Director (from 1992, when the Trust became a professional organisation). He was a passionate advocate of Napier, Hawke’s Bay and our unique art deco architecture and heritage.

Art Deco Trust and the Napier City Council are both contributing to the fund, which will then be distributed in the following 12 months.

The fund is to be used to assist with physical works for heritage buildings and at this stage, applications can be made only for minor restoration and painting work.

Heritage Working Group

Art Deco Trust has appointed a Heritage Working group, consisting of the following qualified people who will make recommendations to a smaller committee for final approval of heritage funds.

Shane Gorst - General Manager, Art Deco Trust

Ann Galloway - Architect and Art Deco Trust Board member

Guy Marriage - Architect

Barbara Arnott - Chairperson Historic Places Hawkes’s Bay

David Low - Art Deco Trust long serving volunteer and Art Deco advocate

Michael Fowler - Historian and ex Art Deco Trust Heritage Officer

How can you help?

If you would like to make a donation* to the Robert McGregor Heritage Fund, either in memory of Robert or to further assist the work of the Trust to Preserve and Restore Art Deco Heritage in Hawke’s Bay then please follow the link below.

*All donations are tax deductible

If you are an owner of an Art Deco era Heritage building in Napier and would like to view the criteria of the fund and further detail on how you can apply please follow the link below.


First Recipients of Heritage Fund Announced 

Two of Napier’s beautiful Art Deco buildings have become the first recipients of the Robert McGregor Heritage Fund in support of a spruce up of their facades. 

The Market Reserve Building is one of our most prominent heritage buildings and spans an entire block surrounded by Tennyson St, Hastings St, Emmerson St and Market St.  Representative, Justine Walker from the body corp says “on behalf of the owners of the Criterion and Market Reserve buildings, I would like to applaud the Art Deco Heritage Committee in realising the value of these properties and the costs that go into preserving them. We are extremely privileged to have received a grant from the committee to help with some of the costs that were involved in our recent restoration and painting project”.

The second recipient is the Hilderbrandts building, a 1933 Louis Hay design which is a favourite on the regular walking tours of the city because of its interesting facade.

Read the full press release here.


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