‘‘Warm your Whare’’ on hold
The council led, ‘‘Warm your Whare’’ insulation programme has been put on hold until more funding is found to continue the work. In the last 18 months 160 households have registered for the programme. Policy analyst Samantha Arthur-curtis said it was frustrating that they could not do more.
‘‘As with any initiative this type of funding is always limited which is unfortunate given that the evidence of beneficial outcomes on whanau health, wellbeing, lower hospital admissions, etc. from warm, dry homes is clear.’’
Home insulation supplier Smart Energy Solutions will continue to assess and quote the remaining houses that are on council’s database. The programme is a combined initiative involving Government funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, the Healthy Homes scheme with funding from the King Country Electric Power Trust, The Lines Company, Smart Energy Solutions and King Country Energy. Arthur-curtis said council is looking at whether they could help fund home insulation and have people pay for it via their rates including setting up a permanent trust that could access funding sources not accessible to individuals.
‘‘Any discussed with the community through the Long Term Plan consultation process.’’