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Neighbourhoods of Healthy Homes expands in Kawerau


Logo of neighbourhoods of Healthy Homes

In just over a year the Neighbourhoods for Healthy Homes team is now working with nearly 150 households.    A second neighbourhood taking in Bowen St, Fergusson St, Hobson St, Fitzroy St, 42-62 Fenton St and 123-175 River Rd was introduced to the programme in May and since then all households who wanted to be involved in the programme have had energy, maintenance and electrical checks completed.   A number of households have had insulation installed and meetings and social events have been held.

Neighbourhoods of Healthy Homes Community Co-ordinator Hannah Edwardson has introduced a weekly activity programme for neighbours to enjoy together.   What started out as a small walking group has now morphed into a range of activities for people to enjoy together.   Last week it was an introduction to bowling at the Kawerau Bowling Club and this week a keen bunch will be enjoying aquarobics at the town pool, Petanque will be next.   Hannah Edwardson said “ people are enjoying coming along and it doesn’t matter what level of fitness they have everyone can take part at their own pace.”

Helping householders improve their properties has been a recent focus and a DIY workshop on preparing and painting window frames and sills was held.   Building supervisor Mike Godfery took attendees through the basic steps and people were able to practice new skills.   All the attendees were going home to get on with their home maintenance jobs.

Bunnings sponsored a Spring Fling workshop in early November to encourage people get their gardens in order.   The group built their own planter boxes which were filled with a range of herbs and flowers.   For some of the ladies hammer skills were a challenge.   Hannah Edwardson said “the workshops and other activities are good opportunities for people to connect and have fun together.   Really strong relationships are being built up and people are becoming more enterprising.”

Neighbourhoods of Healthy Homes started in August 2012 in the first neighbourhood of Robinson St, Normanby St and 1-30 Grey St area of Kawerau.   The focus is on community building and making homes warmer, drier and healthier.    A number of households have now gone through their first winter with an insulated house and the difference that has been made to their health and comfort has been quite remarkable.

Neighbourhoods of Healthy Homes is managed by Kawerau District Council and funded by Bay Trust and Eastern Bay Energy Trust.   Every household in the programme receives an energy and maintenance check with advice around how they can save energy costs and what maintenance tasks are needed.   The Neighbourhoods of Healthy Homes Team makes sure that households are taking advantage of the government insulation programme and electrical inspections are carried out where required.

This is a three year programme and the funders have been delighted with the results so far.

For more information contact:

Mary Hermanson Ph 027 517 7611

Phil Richards Ph 027 437 9787 (replacing Mike Godfery)

Hannah Edwardson Ph 027 703 7413