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

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news