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30
Jun

Healthy Homes Initiative – Auckland

The Auckland Wide Healthy Homes Initiative (AWHI) was established by the Ministry of Health in 2013 to reduce household crowding for Auckland whānau with children at risk of rheumatic fever. Healthy Homes Initiatives (HHI) are one of a number of key strategies within the Government’s Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme. There is a strong link between housing conditions, particularly household crowding, and rheumatic fever. Living in crowded housing increases the transmission…

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30
Jun

Warm House. Cool Landlord.

Next time you’re looking for a new rental, make sure you ask to see the insulation statement, before signing the tenancy agreement. If you’re not sure if your home is insulated, talk to your landlord. All rentals must have insulation installed by July 2019. If you’ve got a warm house, you’ve got a cool landlord. For more information go to tenancy.govt.nz/betterrentals

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28
Jun

Insulation grants extended to low-income home owners

The Government has extended the eligibility for Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes insulation grants to include low-income home owners in addition to landlords with low-income or high health need tenants, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says. The grants will provide 50 per cent of the cost of ceiling and underfloor insulation for low-income home owners, as well as low-income tenants who are already eligible. The grants will be…

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26
Jun

Changes to Eligibility for Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes (WUNZ: HH)

FAQ’s for Service Providers The Government has extended the eligibility for Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes insulation grants to include low-income home owners, in addition to landlords with low-income or high health need tenants. The change will take effect from 28 June 2017. How will the WUNZ: HH eligibility criteria be different? Current eligibility criteria Rental houses built prior to 2000 and occupied by either: a named tenant with…

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15
Jun

Call for curtains

Call for curtains Full-length, lined curtains are vital in making a home warm so with the onset of winter Healthy Homes is asking for donations of second-hand curtains for Auckland families in need. Healthy Homes works with families, landlords and property managers to ensure everyone lives in a warm, dry and healthy home and began several years ago as a response to the extremely high rates of rheumatic fever and…

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06
Jun

Warm House. Cool Landlord.

Next time you’re looking for a new rental, make sure you ask to see the insulation statement, before signing the tenancy agreement. If you’re not sure if your home is insulated, talk to your landlord. All rentals must have insulation installed by July 2019. If you’ve got a warm house, you’ve got a cool landlord. For more information go to tenancy.govt.nz/betterrentals

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15
May

Close negative gearing tax loophole, spend money on insulation

Close negative gearing tax loophole, spend money on insulation Labour is promising to spend $1.2 billion making 600,000 homes "warm and dry". Homeowners will be able to claim up to $2000 per dwelling to go toward insulation, a heating system or double-glazing of windows. It will be available to 600,000 homes over 10 years and cost $1.2billion - which is the exact same figure the party estimates will come in…

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Winter is coming, here's how to keep warm as temperatures drop
03
May

Winter is coming, here’s how to keep warm as temperatures drop

Winter is coming, here's how to keep warm as temperatures drop As winter's icy grasp draws nearer, there are several simple things Kiwis can do to keep their homes warm and themselves healthy. Insulation, moisture levels and decent curtains were the three things people should focus on to stay warm and dry over winter, said Auckland council eco-design adviser Adrian Feasey. They were all key in keeping heating at the…

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02
May

Cost and custom blamed for lack of central heating in NZ homes

Cost and custom blamed for lack of central heating in NZ homes A reliance on wood burners in the past, the Kiwi mentality of heating a single room and the perception New Zealand has a warmer climate than Europe and the UK means central heating is non-existent in more than 95 per cent of our homes, according to experts. They say central heating is a nice luxury allowing bedrooms and…

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