Free curtains on offer
How to warm up those Porirua homes
Porirua households have been invited to get free, lined curtains for their living rooms when Sustainability Trust brings the Wellington Curtain Bank to town this week.
This is the fourth year Sustainability Trust has run the popular service in Cannons Creek.
Last year 40 families were given free, tailored curtains through the service.
Throughout the entire Wellington region, 600 households were given curtains.
‘‘Good quality curtains are one of the most effective ways of keeping the heat in,’’ Curtain Bank co-ordinator Shelali Sheti said.
‘‘ New curtains are really expensive, so Wellington Curtain Bank staff makes curtains to measure out of good quality, recycled fabric.’’
Porirua mother Teokotai Tau couldn’t agree more.
This time last year, the Tau family was struggling to cope with a damp, mouldy home and five children sleeping in one room to stay warm.
The Tau family received curtains from the Curtain Bank, and also worked with Housing New Zealand to organise a new heat pump and upgrade the insulation.
‘‘The house is much warmer now, and the children can sleep in their own rooms. We don’t get sick so often, and everyone is sleeping much better.’’ Tau said.
Happy customer: Porirua resident Teokotai Tau and two of her children.