Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

PHA applauds budget announcement on warm housing

MEDIA RELEASE
16 MAY 2008
For immediate use

Public Health Association applauds budget announcement on warm state housing

The Public Health Association (PHA) is delighted that the budget will include $53 million dollars to ensure every state housing tenant will be living in a warm, dry home within five years.

The National Executive Officer of the PHA, Dr Gay Keating, says research has found that for every dollar spent insulating a house there is a two dollar saving in health costs and days off work or school.

"We will all benefit from the dollars and cents savings created by this accelerated retrofitting programme, and not far down track," she says.

"Shelter and warmth (along with good food and clean air) are essential for health. Currently the taxpayer spends millions – possibly billions – on the long term damage that cold, draughty, damp homes do to their occupants, particularly children. Insulating our state houses makes good economic sense."

Dr Keating says that another gain from this programme is that occupants of state houses could pay up to 20 percent less on their power bills – no small thing as economic times get tougher.

"The irony is that people with higher incomes living in their own solid, warm homes pay less for their heating than many with lesser incomes living in cold rental houses. Retrofitting state houses will narrow the gap between the two groups, not just in what they pay for power, but also in doctor's visits and days off work.

"Now that the Government, as a landlord, is leading by example, the PHA would like to see more incentives put in place so that private landlords are encouraged to also insulate their houses."


ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election