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

 


Cold Kiwis Show Need For Lower Power Prices, Home Insulation

23 May 2013

Cold Kiwis Show Need For Lower Power Prices, Home Insulation

More than one in three Kiwi households face a cold winter under National, highlighting the need for lower power prices and better insulation of homes, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

A Canstar Blue survey shows that 36 percent of Kiwi New Zealand households can't afford to heat their homes adequately in the winter. Cold homes are a leading source of ill-health including third-world diseases like rheumatic fever that are becoming more prevalent in New Zealand.

“This winter, over half a million Kiwi families will shiver needlessly in houses that are too cold. We will all pay the price through higher health costs, workers taking sick days, and kids missing school. It doesn’t need to be this way. The Green Party will ensure that every New Zealander has a warm and healthy home,” said Dr Norman.

“Under National, the average power bill has risen by $300 a year. That is an enormous burden on families in tough economic times. The Greens’ NZ Power plan will tackle the excessive profits of the electricity companies and pass on the savings to families in the form of a low-price block of electricity, saving $300 per household a year.

“Electricity costs too much in New Zealand. There is no reason for power prices to be rising at six times the rate of inflation. The Greens will fix that so families can afford to heat their homes and create, in NZ Power, a major player in the electricity sector that has an inherent interest in improving energy efficiency.

“Homes need to retain heat better, too, so that families get more warmth for their dollar and don’t increase electricity demand. That’s why the Greens have successfully pressured the government to fund the home insulation scheme.

“More needs to be done. More funding is needed for the home insulation scheme. Rental properties need to be required to meet a warrant of fitness over a five-year period and landlords need support to improve insulation of their properties. Families will have a path to owning a modern, warm, affordable home under the Greens’ Progressive Ownership scheme.

“Every Kiwi family should have a warm, healthy home that they can afford to heat. The smart, green plan that the Greens have outlined will achieve that goal,” said Dr Norman.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

CPAG: Government Spends Over $100K Pursuing Beneficiary

For the past fifteen years, Kathryn, now in her fifties and living alone with chronic ill health on a benefit, has been challenging the decision by the MSD that she has to pay back $117,000. She has no assets or savings and cannot afford to pay for fresh food or therapy that would improve her health. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: National’s Cuts Shave $100K Off KiwiSaver By Retirement

New analysis shows National’s constant cuts to KiwiSaver will reduce the average worker’s retirement savings by $100,000 over their working life, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says... Since coming to office it has made five separate cuts to the scheme." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: Transport Operators Switch From SuperGold To AT HOP Cards

Seniors using Auckland’s public transport will need to use their AT HOP cards from today but Auckland Transport has requested its operators to show understanding for those customers yet to complete the switch from SuperGold cards. More>>

ALSO:

Crime Stats: Burglary Up 11.9%

“While burglary rates are still below that of recent years, there has been an increase of more than 10 per cent over the past 12 months, which is of concern to Police and something we are determined to tackle,” says Police Commissioner Mike Bush. More>>

ALSO:

Help: Lifeline Aotearoa Fighting For Survival

Lifeline Aotearoa has announced it only has enough money to run for one more year. By 30 June 2017, all available sustainability reserves and funds from a new mortgage on its Auckland property will be exhausted. More>>

ALSO:

Overseas Investment: Auditor-General To Examine OIO

The Auditor-General is to examine how the Overseas Investment Office collects and manages information following a request from the parliament's finance and expenditure committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English Living In Denial

The working poor have been a direct byproduct of the economic policies in vogue for the past 30 years or more, all over the Western world... That anger was evident in the Brexit vote, and it underlies the support for Donald Trump in the United States. More>>

ALSO:

Final Reading Of Parental Leave Bill: Families With New Babies Victims Of Veto

“For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because the National Government has used its veto – an extreme measure against families,” says the Bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Sue Moroney. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news