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Buy a Brick Fundraising Campaign

Buy a Brick for $100

Each symbolic brick goes towards building the Camp. 

The more bricks you buy, the more you help build the Camp!

And you can claim a 33% tax rebate on your donation!

Your donation will be permanently recognised. 

A Camp Restoration and Development donation board (Acknowledgement Board) will be on permanent display at the Camp on completion of the Development.  

The Donation Record Board will record the names of donors who donate

  • at least $100 as "Red Donors"

  • at least $500 as “Bronze Donors”

  • at least $2,000 as “Silver Donors"

  • at least $5,000 as “Gold Donors”

Gold Donors will also have the option to have their name recorded permanently in a dedicated area of the Camp’s new landscaping. 

How to donate to the
"Buy a Brick"
Fundraising Campaign

Internet banking is preferred as this payment method does not incur fees.

Account: 06-0919-0178269-00

Account Name: Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust

Please email as we need your details to issue a tax receipt. 

Alternately, a credit card payment can be made below 

Thank you again for your support 


Current stage of Camp Restoration

Vision for the Camp

The Lawrence Chinese Camp is a preserved heritage site that honours its provenance and is a first-class visitor destination.

What’s Planned

▪ Restoration of the Empire Hotel, stables and joss house
▪ New Zealand’s first Chinese goldmining museum within the hotel
▪ Interactive displays
▪ Oral history stories of the residents
▪ Landscaped gardens
▪ Virtual reality walk-through of the 19th century settlement
▪ Story stops throughout the Camp
▪ Construction to begin in 2024 (resource consent has been approved)

What It Costs

▪ Project: $3.5 million
▪ Spent: $170,000 (planning, assessments, reports, design, consents)



Resource Consent has now been granted for the Lawrence Chinese Camp site development. The final design stage is now being completed so that building consent application can be made for the building restoration and construction tending can begin. 


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