Dry, happy home

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JAMES GREEN­LAND

A de­serv­ing Porirua fam­ily will be warmer and health­ier in their home this win­ter.

The Tal­i­ulu fam­ily home was re­cently in­stalled with an HRV heat­ing and ven­ti­lat­ing sys­tem.

The house was also retro­fit­ted with in­su­la­tion and new cur­tains, in a com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive spear­headed by Par­ents Cen­tres New Zealand.

Afer­eti and Le­mau Tal­i­ulu live with their five chil­dren and Afer­eti’s el­derly mother Saitu­tu­ila, who is on dial­y­sis, in a cramped three-be­d­room As­cot Park house. In win­ter the fam­ily of­ten be­came sick with the flu, hay fever and asthma, Afer­eti says. Ill­nesses were ex­ac­er­bated by their in­door gas-heater.

Since the in­stal­la­tion, damp­ness around the win­dows has dis­ap­peared.

The Project Starfish part­ner­ship be­tween Par­ents Cen­tres NZ, Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust and HRV hopes to ad­dress is­sues sur­round­ing child poverty and poor health in New Zealand. Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Par­ents Cen­tres Viv Gur­rey says the Tal­i­u­lus were cho­sen for the healthy ren­o­va­tions be­cause they met cer­tain cri­te­ria, in­clud­ing home own­er­ship, over­crowded liv­ing quar­ters, and the pres­ence of chil­dren in the home.

‘‘ It’s re­ally [ about] recog­nis­ing what’s hap­pen­ing in the com­mu­nity, and re­al­is­ing we can all play a part to help,’’ says Par­ents Cen­tre mar­ket­ing man­ager Eleanor Cater.

‘‘It’s a huge is­sue in NZ. We have had very, very poor and cold houses con­structed here for a very long time. Our cars have to have a war- Afer­eti and Le­mau Tal­i­ulu, with son AJ, and Par­ents Cen­tre mar­ket­ing man­ager Eleanor Cater, af­ter the fam­ily’s house was made warmer and health­ier for win­ter. rant of fit­ness. Our houses don’t.’’

Ad­di­tion­ally, Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust will pro­duce en­ergy re­ports for the fam­ily to help re­duce power bills.

‘‘The Starfish Project is the first step and we are invit­ing ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity to take up their own Starfish chal­lenge, and help make a real dif­fer­ence,’’ Mrs Gur­rey says.

‘‘We will sup­port this fam­ily with on­go­ing par­ent ed­u­ca­tion, de­vel­op­ment of net­works and re­sources through their lo­cal Cen­tre.’’

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