INDEPENDENT NEWS

Greens delivering warm, dry, healthy homes in government

Published: Wed 11 Jul 2018 01:53 PM
Greens delivering warm, dry, healthy homes in government
The Green Party is celebrating the launch of the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme today, which will deliver warm, dry, healthy homes for a huge number of New Zealanders.
“We’re incredibly happy to see our policy becoming a reality,” says Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes. “We’ve campaigned for proper home insulation for every Kiwi home for so long, and we’re making it happen in government.
“Having a warm, dry, healthy home can literally be a lifesaver. It’s good for people, good for the environment, and good for the economy because it creates work – a win-win-win situation.”
The Warmer Kiwi Homes programme provides grants for two-thirds of the cost of floor and ceiling insulation. From next year it will extend to heating appliances for those homeowners who need them the most.
“With top-ups from third parties like community organisations, we’re ensuring this insulation is as low-cost as possible,” says Mr Hughes.
“Alongside this, the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act which we passed in December will ensure that rental homes also have to meet minimum standards for ventilation and heating.”
This delivers on the commitment made in the Greens’ confidence and supply agreement with Labour to ensure that every New Zealander has a warm, dry, secure home, whether they rent or own.
“This has been a long journey for the Green Party, starting in 2009 when former Co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons won an agreement from the National Government to insulate up to 180,000 homes,” said Mr Hughes. “It’s awesome that now we’re going to finish the job.”
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Acting PM's Press Conference 24/9/18: UN-Leader'd
By: Lyndon Hood
Jacinda Ardern rejects Trump's call for war on drugs
By: RNZ
Pay equity near for Oranga Tamariki social workers
By: New Zealand Government
Tahr control needed to protect alpine habitats
By: New Zealand Government
Judge discharges Greenpeace activists
By: BusinessDesk
Meka Whaitiri removed as a Minister
By: New Zealand Government
Ardern focuses on child poverty in first US speech
By: RNZ
Speech: PM - Kaitiakitanga: Protecting our planet
By: New Zealand Government
Speech: PM - Nelson Mandela Peace Summit
By: New Zealand Government
New Zealand increases climate finance commitment to Pacific
By: New Zealand Government
Jacinda Ardern - Speech to 9th Annual Social Good Summit
By: New Zealand Government
PM to promote global cooperation at UN Leaders’ Week
By: New Zealand Government
National would sign up to international drug effort
By: New Zealand National Party
Secretary-General’s meeting with Jacinda Ardern
By: United Nations
UN chief seeking ‘renewed commitment’ to global rules
By: United Nations
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media