$100m al­lo­cated to warm up New Zealand

Matamata Chronicle - - Winter Warmth -

The Govern­ment is in­vest­ing in a new three-year in­su­la­tion pro­gramme, which will de­liver warmer, drier and health­ier homes to com­mu­ni­ties in most need.

Bud­get 2013 al­lo­cates $100 mil­lion of op­er­at­ing fund­ing over three years to the Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes pro­gramme, tar­get­ing low­in­come house­holds for home in­su­la­tion, par­tic­u­larly those fam­i­lies with chil­dren and high health needs.

It is ex­pected to in­su­late 46,000 ad­di­tional houses.

‘‘Warmer, drier homes pro­vide real ben­e­fits to New Zealan­ders,’’ said En­ergy and Re­sources Min­is­ter Si­mon Bridges.

‘‘As well as en­ergy ef­fi­ciency gains, in­su­lat­ing homes re­duces health risks such as res­pi­ra­tory ill­nesses and se­ri­ous dis­eases like rheumatic fever.

‘‘Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes will help boost the health and well­be­ing of New Zealan­ders liv­ing in poor hous­ing and is part of the Govern­ment’s re­sponse to child poverty.’’

The Govern­ment’s in­vest­ment will be matched by sig­nif­i­cant lev­els of fund­ing from trusts and other third par­ties.

This will see in­su­la­tion avail­able to those house­holds in most need, at low or no cost.

‘‘The new pro­gramme fol­lows the suc­cess of the Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart scheme, which has seen around 215,000 homes in­su­lated since 2009. When that scheme ends in Septem­ber, 230,000 house­holds will have ben­e­fited.

‘‘Over the past four years, the National-led Govern­ment has changed the think­ing in re­la­tion to home in­su­la­tion in New Zealand. Now, when buy­ing or rent­ing, many peo­ple ask whether the house is in­su­lated,’’ Mr Bridges says.

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