Media Statement 11 April 2014
12,000 warmer and healthier homes in the Hutt Valley
More than 12,000 Hutt Valley homes are warmer and healthier after having insulation installed under two Government programmes.
“The insulation programmes Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart and Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes are helping to reduce health risks for many Hutt Valley households,” Lewis Holden says.
“Warmer, drier homes have a positive effect on people’s health, meaning less money spent on doctor visits and fewer sick days. “Budget 2013 allocated $100 million over three years to Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes. This programme offers free ceiling and underfloor insulation for 46,000 low-income households, particularly families with children and high health needs.
“Third party funding from organisations in the Hutt Valley community, as well as support from the health and social sectors, has contributed to the success of the programme, and I thank these organisations for their continuing support,” Lewis Holden says.
Media contact: Lewis Holden, phone 0276991350
Background Who is eligible for Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes?
- The home owner or main tenant needs to have a Community Services Card and there must be children under 17 years, adults over 65 years or someone with high health needs living in your home. Landlords with eligible tenants will also qualify, although landlords may be asked to make a small contribution.
- You must live in a house built before the year 2000.
- You can find a list of insulation providers contracted to deliver the programme at www.energywise.govt.nz
- If you are a tenant, the insulation provider will help liaise with your landlord.