Free cur­tains on of­fer

How to warm up those Porirua homes

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

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.

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