Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Partners sought for energy efficiency improvements

26 November 2007

Partners sought for energy efficiency improvements

More New Zealanders can look forward to enjoying the benefits of healthier and more energy efficient homes, as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority seeks partners to deliver interest free loans and grants to homeowners for energy efficiency and heating solutions.

EECA is expanding its successful ENERGYWISE™ programme to more New Zealanders, with $23 million in government funding over the next four years. It is expected that local authorities, power and lines companies, other businesses and community organisations may be interested.

EECA is today calling for applications from potential partner organisations to participate in the first stage of the programme, and will be seeking further partners next year.

Energy Minister David Parker and Government Spokesperson on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Jeanette Fitzsimons say this is great news for homeowners.

“We look forward to forging new partnerships that will go towards improving the living standards and energy efficient qualities of Kiwi homes,” says Jeanette Fitzsimons.

“We know that homeowners who take advantage of the new funding to have insulation and clean, efficient heating installed in their homes will not only reduce their energy consumption – and save on their power bills - but can expect to improve their health with less asthma and winter illness, and fewer days off school and work, simply by living in warmer, drier houses.”

Already 39,000 low income families have seen their homes retrofitted with insulation and other energy efficiency measures as a result of home grants under the ENERGYWISE™ programme.

“The new funding will see grants and interest-free loans available to a wider audience, helping more middle-income New Zealand families,” says David Parker.

This extra financial assistance is part of a package of Government action working towards warmer, drier, healthier homes with reduced energy costs for Kiwi families.

More information is set out in a Request for Proposal (RFP) document and is available at www.eeca.govt.nz and the government tendering service at www.gets.govt.nz. Applications close 21 December 2007.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news