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


Greens delivering warm, dry, healthy homes in government

Greens delivering warm, dry, healthy homes in government

The Green Party is celebrating the launch of the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme today, which will deliver warm, dry, healthy homes for a huge number of New Zealanders.

“We’re incredibly happy to see our policy becoming a reality,” says Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes. “We’ve campaigned for proper home insulation for every Kiwi home for so long, and we’re making it happen in government.

“Having a warm, dry, healthy home can literally be a lifesaver. It’s good for people, good for the environment, and good for the economy because it creates work – a win-win-win situation.”

The Warmer Kiwi Homes programme provides grants for two-thirds of the cost of floor and ceiling insulation. From next year it will extend to heating appliances for those homeowners who need them the most.

“With top-ups from third parties like community organisations, we’re ensuring this insulation is as low-cost as possible,” says Mr Hughes.

“Alongside this, the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act which we passed in December will ensure that rental homes also have to meet minimum standards for ventilation and heating.”

This delivers on the commitment made in the Greens’ confidence and supply agreement with Labour to ensure that every New Zealander has a warm, dry, secure home, whether they rent or own.

“This has been a long journey for the Green Party, starting in 2009 when former Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons won an agreement from the National Government to insulate up to 180,000 homes,” said Mr Hughes. “It’s awesome that now we’re going to finish the job.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

West Coast PGF Announced: Kickstart For Ports, Rail, Town

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is backing the West Coast with initial investment in projects that could lift the region’s productivity potential and future-proof its economy.
The PGF government will invest $625,000 in four feasibility studies for proposals that would boost tourism, increase transport resilience and generate employment opportunities.


Moving On: Flavell Leaves Māori Party TO Lead Te Wānanga o Aotearoa

The Māori Party congratulates Te Ururoa Flavell on his appointment as Kaiurungi - Chief Executive Officer of Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and thanks him for his many years of service, support and aroha for the Māori Party, its kaupapa, and for communities across Aotearoa. More>>


IPCA On 2016 Armed Offenders Response: 'Serious Failings' Put Officers At Risk

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the tactical decision-making and control and command exercised by Police in response to shots fired near Kawerau on 9 March 2016 was highly flawed and placed Police officers at risk. More>>


Mental Health: National Offers Cross-Party Action

National is not prepared to let the Government park the mental health needs of Kiwis while it holds an inquiry, and has offered to work together to improve New Zealand’s mental health services both immediately and longer term, Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says. More>>


Extradited To Deportation: 'Justice Not Served' In Australia Muddle

A number of New Zealanders who have been extradited to Australia to face charges - only to be sent back here or put in immigration detention centres - is concerning, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

ASMS: Syphilis Deaths Highlight Need For Proper Resourcing

“The heart-wrenching news that babies have died from syphilis underscores yet again the importance of properly funding and resourcing essential health services... This should not be happening in a quality first-world public health care system like New Zealand’s.” More>>


'Don't Mess This Up': Youth Message On Zero Carbon Act

The young New Zealanders credited with driving momentum for a Zero Carbon Act have formally handed over their submission on the proposed law to MPs from the Labour, Green and National parties. More>>





Featured InfoPages