The development of a new $3.6m heritage centre on Stewart Island will create a regionally and nationally significant tourist attraction for visitors to learn about and experience the colourful history of Stewart Island / Rakiura and help provide information about all Stewart Island has to offer.

The Island’s rich heritage will be interpreted and displayed in an exciting way to encourage renewed interest and a sense of belonging for the many residents and descendants of Stewart Island / Rakiura families.

We are seeking donations towards this exciting project for Stewart Island / Rakiura. Stay in touch and help us on this journey to create an amazing heritage feature for Stewart Island / Rakiura.


CToS Major Grant
April 2015 a grant of $300,000 was approved by Community Trust of Southland's towards our new heritage centre. We are so grateful to them for taking that first step of faith as a major funder and giving Rakiura Heritage Centre Trust such a boost.

Stewart Island Ratepayer Appeal
2016 mail appeal to residents and ratepayers of Stewart Island saw a steady trickle of funds come in which is very encouraging. To date $12,500 has been donated through this appeal. It is heartening to get local support for our project.
Stewart Island Visitor Levy Grant
June 2016 a grant of $50,000 was approved from the Stewart Island Visitor Levy.
Lotteries Environment & Heritage Fund
April 2017 a $300,000 grant was approved by Lotteries Environment and Heritage Fund.
Lotteries Significant Projects Fund
June 2017 $780,000 was granted from Lotteries Significant Projects Fund.
Ministry for Arts, Culture & Heritage
In a ceremony held at Stewart Island on 21st July 2017, the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Honourable Maggie Barry announced an amazing $1,088,595 towards the Rakiura Heritage Centre which will enable building to commence as soon as a building contractor has been engaged and building consents approved.


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