by Metiria Turei
It is great to see the announcement yesterday that the home insulation programme that the Green Party initiated will now reach over 230,000 homes.
We’re in Parliament because we want to look after New Zealand and all of its people and this scheme is an example of how we can work with parties across the political spectrum to achieve that.
This scheme that is good for the environment, good for people’s health and good for the economy, and will be working hard to encourage the National Party to provide more support for this vital programme.
We want all New Zealanders to live in dry, healthy homes powered by affordable green energy, and would love to see this programme extended to another 200,000 homes over the next three years.
Our Green Jobs plan outlined out initiatives to transform the economy and create 100,000 new green jobs – a key part of this is to invest $350 million into the home insulation programme this would create 10,000 jobs and insulate at least another 200,000 homes.
It is great that we have been able to work with the Labour and National Governments’ to have 150,000 homes insulated so far with another 80,000 scheduled to be insulated.
This is a good start but we are keen to keep on developing this programme so that everyone in New Zealand has the chance to live in warm healthy homes.