Every New Zealander should have a warm, dry, well-ventilated home. This is something the Greens have worked hard for, for decades – and in Government with Labour and New Zealand First, we’re going to finish the job.
We know how important it is for every home to be warm, dry and well-ventilated. We’ve campaigned to make it a reality for decades. Back in 2009, former Green co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons won a huge commitment from the new National government to insulate up to 180,000 homes.
But that Government wound the scheme down before the job was done. Even though they knew that for every dollar spent warming a child’s home, we save six dollars in health bills, power bills and lost productivity – not to mention the value that comes from having a better quality of life.
So it’s a delight to be in this Government with Labour and New Zealand First, passing our first Budget and securing in it the funds we need to finish the job. It’s good for people, good for the environment, and good for the economy because it creates work – a win-win-win situation.
Warmer Kiwi Homes
The Warmer Kiwi Homes programme will provide grants covering two-thirds of the cost of floor and ceiling insulation, as well as heating appliances for those homeowners who need them the most – including people with a Community Services Card and those referred through the Government’s Healthy Homes initiative. These grants will be topped up where possible by third parties like community organisations, making the insulation as low-cost as possible.
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.
Having a warm, dry, healthy home can literally be a lifesaver. That’s something this Government is going to deliver to everyone in New Zealand. And this is just the start.