New cur­tains warm home

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By CHAR­LIE MITCHELL

Mata­laga Letele’s smile will hope­fully be ac­com­pa­nied by a warm win­ter, now that new cur­tains have been put up in her home.

The Can­nons Creek res­i­dent was given new cur­tains by the Cur­tain Bank, as part of a pro­gramme run by the Sus­tain­abil­ity Trust to give free cur­tains to people in the Porirua com­mu­nity.

Letele said she was al­ready feel­ing the dif­fer­ence. ‘‘With our other cur­tains, when you closed them, the light still came through. But these cur­tains block it out well,’’ she said.

With win­ter hav­ing set in, new cur­tains will help fend off the cold – a prob­lem faced by many Porirua houses that are of­ten un­der-in­su­lated.

‘‘ Houses in Porirua can be re­ally cold and draughty,’’ said Cur­tain Bank co- or­di­na­tor Erika Grant. ‘‘Once house­holds have cur­tains in their fam­ily liv­ing room they’ll no­tice the tem­per­a­ture dif­fer­ence straight away.’’

‘‘Good qual­ity cur­tains re­ally help to keep the heat in and the power bills down.’’

This is the third year the Cur­tain Bank has been to Porirua. All Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Card mem­bers are in­vited to ap­ply for free cur­tains at the Whanau Cen­tre in Can­nons Creek.

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