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

 


Healthier Homes with Free Insulation For Low-income Families

Healthier Homes with Free Insulation For Low-income Families

Low-income families can keep their families warm and healthy this winter by taking up a FREE programme to insulate their homes. People are eligible if:

•          Your home was built before 2000
•          The home owner or tenant has a Community Services Card (or a Community Services Card endorsed SuperGold Card)
•          One or more occupants are under 17 or over 65 years of age

The programme provides free under floor and ceiling insulation. Housing New Zealand homes are not eligible for this programme.

Eastern Ward Councillor Denys Latham is helping to promote the programme. “I want to make sure that people who are eligible in our community are able to take up this great opportunity so that children and older people can enjoy living in warm, dry, healthier homes.”

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma and respiratory illness among countries in the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and cold, damp homes have been linked with these conditions.

“The temperature in your home can make a huge difference to your health,” Cr Latham says. “Insulated homes produce better homes that lessen the chances of incurring respiratory and skin conditions and rheumatic fever.”

The Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme is being delivered through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).

Cr Latham says EECA has surveyed people who have had their house insulated through a previous programme. Of those surveyed, 84% noticed a warmer home after insulating while 62% of people who had regular sickness in their family reported improved health.
“The benefits, especially for the young and the elderly, are great. So if you qualify, take the time to get an assessment done by one of the providers working in Porirua.”

He encourages landlords whose tenants meet the criteria to also take advantage of the programme.  Some providers may ask for a small contribution from landlords.

There are four providers working in Porirua who offer the scheme for free to those who are eligible. They are: Right House on 0800 744 569, EnergySmart on 0800 777 111, Sustainability Trust on 0508 787 824 and Autex on 0800 782 653.

After an approach late last year by the Right House/Pacific Peoples Wellbeing Trust Late, the Porirua City Council agreed to support the promotion of the Right House home insulation programme along with that of other providers offering similar services in the Porirua area.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Open Source // Open Society - Full Coverage

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: It is easy to know what we don’t want to commemorate on Anzac Day this year...

In fact, is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli?

Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915.

(Most of the New Zealand survivors were transferred to the trenches in France, and eventually to the battle of the Somme in 1916.) More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

GCSB's China Shopping: Key Damages China Relationship

Evidence that the Key Government recklessly approved a GCSB spying operation to intercept Chinese diplomatic communications between offices in Auckland will pointlessly damage our relationship with China, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank And Auckland Housing

The ‘crisis – what crisis?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable. So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news