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New Zealand: Healthy Homes

  • Start: 2016 and ongoing
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Partners: Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment (WISE), Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA), Ngati Ruanui (Healthy Marae)
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Relations and Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 1 – No poverty, 3 – Good health and wellbeing, 11 – Sustainable cities and communities

Objective

  • To support low income families by providing insulation to over 10,000 homes in the Taranaki area in order to create healthy homes.  

Description

In New Zealand no less than a million homes are cold, damp and difficult to heat. These homes have inadequate ceiling and under floor insulation. Many houses do not stand up to New Zealand’s weather conditions and are damp and chronically mouldy.

To address this problem in the Taranaki area, OMV New Zealand is co-funding a project with Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment (WISE) Better Homes as part of the Government’s initiative through the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA).

Activities

This project has provided support and co-funding to install insulation into the homes of low income families identified as having health issues as a result of their poorly insulated, cold and damp living conditions. Families with young children or elderly have been given priority in this project.

OMV New Zealand partnered with the Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust to provide funding support to install insulation and energy solutions in six community centers in the area of Ngati Ruanui in Taranaki. This will result in enhancing healthier living conditions.

The project also creates employment and training opportunities throughout the Taranaki region. It has been awarded with "Excellence in Community Partnership and Engagement" at the New Zealand Petroleum Conference.