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Advice centre will help Ak families keep healthy

Media Advisory from Ecomatters Environment Trust

27 March 2009

Launch event
- New advice centre will help Auckland families keep healthy this winter

With colder nights and the end of daylight saving just a week away, families across Auckland are getting ready for winter. Schools and doctors surgeries are bracing themselves for the seasonal spike in colds, asthma and bronchitis among our children.

Increased power costs and hard economic times means it will be harder for many families to keep their homes warm, dry and healthy.

The Home Energy Advice Centre, launching on Monday 30 March, aims to help families beat the cold. The Centre will offer free, expert, impartial advice to anyone who wants to make their home warmer and healthier to live in.

“Cold, damp, draughty houses are a major cause of childhood asthma and bronchitis,” says Aaryn Barlow, Home Energy Advisor at the new Centre. “Thankfully there are a plenty of easy and affordable suggestions we can give families to help them keep warm and cut power bills. We aim to help people be healthier and wealthier this winter.”

Please join us for the launch of this new initiative:
10.30am Monday 30th March
The Sustainable Living Centre
Olympic Place (off Wolverton Street), New Lynn

Morning tea provided

Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey and Green MP Metiria Turei will be helping the team staff the phones for the launch.

The number is 0800 388 588 and you can get a preview of the service by checking out http://energyadvice.org.nz/ .


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