Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Are you missing out on affordable insulation?


EECA (Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority) has announced that Community Energy Action (CEA) is their only service provider in the Canterbury region (from Ashburton through to Kaikoura) for the Government’s $142m, four year insulation and heating initiative, Warmer Kiwi Homes.

This, together with the recent launch of Environment Canterbury’s (ECan) targeted rates scheme as well – Healthier Homes Canterbury, with CEA being a registered provider, has just helped insulation become much more accessible and affordable to Cantabrians.

Eligible homeowners could receive up to 92% off the costs of insulation and installation. For those owner-occupiers whose home was built before 2008, who have a Community Services Card (CSC), or live in an area identified as lower-income (deprivation 9 or 10), they could be one step closer to a healthier home, at a much more affordable amount. Criteria applies.

To find out if your address qualifies you for the subsidy, contact CEA on 0800 GET WARM.

Healthier Homes Canterbury, ECan’s targeted rates scheme, enables eligible ratepayers in Canterbury to add the cost of home heating, insulation and/or ventilation products and installation to their rates bills. A maximum of $6,000 (including GST) is available per ratepayer.

The full amount plus interest will be paid back via their rates bills over nine years. This interest rate makes the scheme cost neutral to the rest of the community. The interest rate for those joining before 30 June 2019 is 5.9% pa and will remain fixed for the full nine years.

Caroline Shone, Chief Executive of CEA, says “It shocks me that approximately 1600 New Zealanders die each winter and these deaths are directly attributed to living in cold and damp homes. Insulation has been proven to have a huge impact helping to reduce these numbers. CEA is proud to be the only service provider for the mid-Canterbury region. We’ve been here for nearly 25 years, so we really know our area and the people that live in our community. We also know there’s still plenty more people who need help. These two new initiatives, which CEA are part of, will enable more households to get insulation and heating solutions, before the cold winter kicks in next year.”

To find out if you are eligible for a Community Services Card, contact your local Ministry of Social Development office. If you have a SuperGold card, you may also be eligible for a SuperGold ‘combo card’ – giving you the benefits of both the SuperGold and Card and the Community Services Card.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. At best, there was only an outside chance that the incoming Biden administration and the outgoing liberal regime of Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani could have revived the Iran anti-nuclear deal that Rouhani had negotiated in 2015 with Barack Obama. Deliberately though, America’s allies have now made it impossible for Biden to pursue that option... More>>


Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>


WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>


Pay Gap: Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff

Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels