The Central Otago Heritage Trust is the founding organisation of Heritage Central Otago and all community-focused initiatives of the Trust are represented under the Heritage Central Otago identity. The Trust is the legal entity by which makes and file applications and submissions and represents itself in formal settings.

The Trust was  established in 2008 by the Central Otago District Council and elected by Central Otago’s major heritage organisations to represent the collective interests of organisations concerned for the identification, preservation and protection of Central Otago’s heritage.

The Central Otago Heritage Trust deed was signed on 26 November 2008 by founding trustees, Graye Shattky, Mike Floate and Brian Patrick and witnessed by Central Otago mayor, Malcolm Macpherson. Original members of the Trust included Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery, Heritage New Zealand and the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trust.

Following the 2012 consultative document, Towards Better Heritage Outcomes, (TBHO) which was prepared by the Central Otago Heritage Working Party, the Trust was tasked with coordinating the implementation of a heritage strategy and plan for Central Otago. This document guided our process for developing our strategic documents.

The goals in this cornerstone document are still relevant today. Our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan therefore reflects these community-led aspirations.

The Central Otago Heritage Trust receives financial support from the Central Otago District Council to employ a part-time Heritage Coordinator to undertake the coordination of this Strategic Plan.




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