Ashburton District Council is working on a way forward for protecting the heritage of the Chinese Settlement on Allens Road in Ashburton, starting with a $20,000 fund.
The money will be used to investigate what needs to be done to preserve the heritage
value of the Chinese Settlement, which holds significance to Ashburton’s history and the
"Council has completed some work to preserve the Chinese Settlement, but we are now embarking on the next step of how we maintain the site into the future," Business Support Group Manager Paul Brake says.
"Work was previously completed in 2014 to restore a Chinese oven on the site, but there are other structures on the land that may also require assistance to preserve their heritage value. The funding for an investigation into this matter will help establish what the Settlement requires," he adds.
Council took over stewardship of the property in 2013 after signing an agreement with descendants of the settlement’s owners to maintain the site.
The Chinese Settlement was established in the 1920’s as a market garden, and structures used for accommodation and shops at the time remain on site.