August 30, 2021
Insulation scheme hits 12,000 mark
Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau is celebrating 12,000 homes made warmer and drier through its insulation programme.
But Hone Fowler from Kaitaia’s Community Business and Environment Centre, which delivers the programme in partnership with He Iwi Kotahi Tātou Trust in Moerewa, says there are still many houses left to do.
Eligible houses qualify for an 80 percent subsidy from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, with other funders including Foundation North, Top Energy, Northpower, Mahitahi Hauora and Northland DHB topping that up to 100 percent.
The scheme has made major inroads into Māori communities.
"Over 80 percent of our staff are Māori right through to senior management so that's a special point of difference in our organisation, very much community-led and well connected across the region. It's something we are really proud about around providing employment opportunities for our rangatahi Māori as well through our services," Mr Fowler says.
The public benefits of getting all Northland’s homes insulated include not only lower health costs but also better use of energy.
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