Low-income families can keep their families warm and healthy
this winter by taking up a FREE programme to insulate their homes.
People are eligible if:
- Your home was built before 2000
- The home owner or tenant has a Community Services Card (or a
Community Services Card endorsed SuperGold Card)
- One or more occupants are under 17 or over 65 years of age
The programme provides free under floor and ceiling insulation.
Housing New Zealand homes are not eligible for this programme.
Eastern Ward Councillor Denys Latham is helping to promote the
programme. "I want to make sure that people who are eligible in our
community are able to take up this great opportunity so that
children and older people can enjoy living in warm, dry, healthier
New Zealand has one of the highest rates of asthma and
respiratory illness among countries in the OECD (Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development) and cold, damp homes have
been linked with these conditions.
"The temperature in your home can make a huge difference to your
health," Cr Latham says. "Insulated homes produce better homes that
lessen the chances of incurring respiratory and skin conditions and
The Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme is being
delivered through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
Cr Latham says EECA has surveyed people who have had their house
insulated through a previous programme. Of those surveyed, 84%
noticed a warmer home after insulating while 62% of people who had
regular sickness in their family reported improved health.
"The benefits, especially for the young and the elderly, are
great. So if you qualify, take the time to get an assessment done
by one of the providers working in Porirua."
He encourages landlords whose tenants meet the criteria to also
take advantage of the programme. Some providers may ask for a small
contribution from landlords.
There are four providers working in Porirua who offer the scheme
for free to those who are eligible. They are: Right House on 0800
744 569, EnergySmart on 0800 777 111, Sustainability Trust on 0508
787 824 and Autex on 0800 782 653.
After an approach late last year by the Right House/Pacific
Peoples Wellbeing Trust Late, the Porirua City Council agreed to
support the promotion of the Right House home insulation programme
along with that of other providers offering similar services in the