Earlier this week I was in Christchurch launching our newest policy to Warm Up Christchurch, and the rest of New Zealand, by reinstating the hugely successful insulation and clean heating programme Warm Up New Zealand, and by setting up special grants for Christchurch homes undergoing repair.
It was an apt day to be launching a policy called ‘Warm Up Christchurch’, with a high of only 7 degrees and snow on the Port Hills.
We were lucky enough to launch our policy in the home of Sarah, Matthew and baby Zia. They’re an amazing family who would love to insulate their home, but can’t afford to because of financial constraints. Instead, keeping their house warm and dry is a constant worry.
Our policy is about removing that worry and instead making sure that all New Zealanders have a warm, dry and affordable place to call home.
Sarah, when asked about the policy by the media, had a great point – making her house warm and dry with insulation and clean heating isn’t just about her family, it’s about all the families who will one day live in these homes who can also benefit.
We really can achieve great things for families and for New Zealand as a whole if we make their homes warmer, healthier, and less expensive places to live.
After the launch, we had a great visit at Terra Lana – a Christchurch insulation company that manufactures insulation from recycled wool products, mostly from waste wool from local textile and carpet manufacturers – where we were given a tour of the factory by James Gallagher, the General Manager.