Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Wood burners 15 years and older need to be upgraded


7 February 2013

MEDIA STATEMENT

Wood burners 15 years and older need to be upgraded

While winter is still some months away, Environment Canterbury is reminding the Christchurch community that non-compliant wood burners 15 years and older cannot be used in winter and so should be replaced before the colder weather arrives.

Environment Canterbury’s air portfolio director Katherine Trought says the requirement is one of the rules in the Christchurch Air Plan which is designed to help the city’s air become less polluted and therefore healthier for residents.

"Although the rule has been in force since 2010, over the last two winters the earthquakes have meant people have had lots of other things to attend to with recovery top priority for everyone.

"Over the last two winters we’ve taken a flexible approach to this rule, but it’s now time to restart thinking about how we can all work together to improve the city’s air quality. Replacing older burners with cleaner forms of heating is a good step forward," she says. Options include a new approved wood burner, pellet fire, flued gas fire or heat pump.

Of course, if you are living in a significantly earthquake damaged home and still waiting for repairs or a rebuild, then it’s important to keep warm with whatever heating you have available. "If you are this situation and want to let us know, give us a ring and we will keep a record of it until your rebuild or repair is complete."

Environment Canterbury will shortly be sending letters to people who have older burners to remind them of the rule and the need to invest in a cleaner form of heating before winter. Homeowners can also check their wood burner age on the Environment Canterbury website, http://tools.ecan.govt.nz/WoodburnerAge/

"Poor air quality is a health issues for the community, particularly for those with respiratory illnesses. There has been a steady improvement in air quality in the city over the last decade and it’s important we keep up the momentum."

Environment Canterbury’s Clean Heat project saw $46 million of ratepayer and government money invested in helping people convert wood burners to cleaner forms of heating over 10 years. "This, coupled with changing attitudes to smoky fires and better burning practises, has meant we are all starting to benefit from cleaner air," says Ms Trought

Over winter Environment Canterbury responds to calls by people about smoky chimneys to its Pollution Hotline. "It’s important people have somewhere to call if they are concerned about smoky chimneys in their neighbourhood. We will be working with the community this winter to follow up on calls, so householders become more aware of what their chimneys emit, and how to burn better.’’

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s
Very Bad Year

While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left. Even the victory by Labour’s Stuart Nash in Napier was the outcome of a strong showing by Conservative Party candidate Garth McVicar that split the centre-right vote... More>>

Election: National Win

With all votes counted National and John Key have won a third term and are close to being able to govern alone if they so choose.

Key has indicated he will still reach out to form a Government with ACT, United Future and Maori Party.

National ended the night on 48 percent, Labour 24.6 and the Greens 10. More>>

Overall Results | Live Results | Predictions |

 
 


Perfectly-Timed Anniversaries: Suffrage Day Is Last Chance To Enrol

“The last chance to enrol is Friday 19 September. You can’t enrol on election day.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters… Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Not-Especially New Plans: All Prisons To Become Working Prisons Under National

All public prisons in New Zealand will become full working prisons by 2017, and ex-prisoners will receive post-release drug addiction treatment if National is returned to government, says Corrections Spokesperson Anne Tolley. More>>

ALSO:

Māngere: "False Claim Of Matai Title" - Labour

National must explain why its candidate for Māngere Misa Fia Turner appears to be using a Matai title she is not entitled to, Labour’s MP for Māngere and Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says. A Matai title is a legally-recognised ... More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: No New Zealand Child Should Grow Up In Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group's flagship policy publication Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy calls for cross party political agreement to underpin an action plan to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news