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There isn’t much time left to get your rental house in compliance with the new insulation laws that take effect in July 2019. Remember, insulation is mandatory if you’re planning to rent your property after that date. If your current insulation doesn’t meet the new standard or you refuse to have the property insulated, you’ll be hit with a heavy fine that could be as high as $4000.

Insulation doesn’t need to be installed in every wall of the house. At a minimum, the... read more

When Nena bought her home in Otatara, she wasn’t thinking about insulation. Her family was told that there wasn’t any insulation in the ceiling, but all they could think about was having a place of their own.

But once winter fully set in, it was a different story.

We had to do something

At first, Nena simply turned on the heaters throughout the house. But with a large 4-bedroom home to heat, the place never seemed to warm up. That was something the family was willing to deal with… Until it started to affect the X-month old baby.

Nena has a baby monitor... read more

While renters may be rejoicing about the new insulation requirements for winter of 2019, for landlords who haven’t got around to updating yet, have you checked the calendar recently? It’s 2019 already, and July is just around the corner! If you’re a landlord with an uninsulated or under-insulated rental property, you have less than half a year to make the deadline. It might cost a little to add the required insulation, but not doing so could cost a lot more… Up to $4000!


Although the deadline is close, you still have time to get your rental home up to par.... read more

A decade of keeping Southland and West Otago people warm was celebrated today (26 June) by the Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT).

Since its inception in 2008, thousands of Southland and West Otago homes have been insulated or retrofitted with the Trust’s financial support.

“We’re delighted to be celebrating this milestone in making Southland homes warmer and healthier,” says SWHT chair, Jim Hargest. 

“Over the past decade, more than 6200 local homes have benefitted from subsidised insulation and heating solutions. Through its work, the Trust has made a real and... read more

10 May 2018


ANZ Bank New Zealand today announced $100 million in interest-free loans to help Kiwis insulate their homes. ANZ’s CEO, David Hisco, said the bank would make available to its home loan customers interest free loans to help cover insulating their houses. “Cold, damp and mouldy homes are a major problem in New Zealand, resulting in many health problems, expensive energy bills and degradation of properties,” Mr Hisco said. “ANZ wants to help New Zealand resolve this major social, environmental and economic problem.

Properly installed insulation can... read more

17 May 2018

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) has welcomed the Government $142 million investment to make Kiwi homes healthier.

This spending in a new four-year programme, known as Warmer Kiwi Homes, will make the homes of lower-income New Zealanders warmer and drier by providing grants to insulate and heat homes, says EECA Chief Executive Andrew Caseley.

“Too many homes are cold and damp, leading to preventable diseases such as rheumatic fever and asthma. That’s a burden on Kiwi families, as well as the health system.”

Mr... read more

Winter is undoubtedly a more arduous time of year. As lower temperatures set in, the idea of being cosy inside your home becomes more and more appealing. Unfortunately, a warm and healthy home to live in throughout the winter is something many Southland families don’t have. For the past 10 years, the Southland Warm Homes Trust has been committed to seeing as many homes as it can come up to standard to keep our community warm and healthy.

The vision of the trust is to ensure Southlanders have a more energy efficient home, an improved living environment, improved well-being, better... read more

The Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT) is pleased to announce the winner of its 2017 Southland Property Management Company of the Year Award is Pride Property Management for the second consecutive year.

The award was presented to Pride Property Management at a function on Wednesday 29th November 2017.

Southland Warm Homes Trust Chairman, Jim Hargest said the award recognises property managers who are actively improving the living conditions of tenants and supporting the vision of the SWHT.

 “Pride Property Management has continued to be proactive in helping... read more

In 2017, on Friday 23 June, during the Puaka Matariki KUMA hui, the Suzanne Spencer Memorial Business runner up Award was presented to Awarua Synergy


Suzanne Spencer was a mentor, advisor, supporter, advocate, and tireless supporter of numerous businesses and business people in the Māori community in Otago and Southland.  Working for Te Puni Kōkiri, Suzanne used her extensive network across the country to establish and organise what became the Māori Business Network, Te Kupeka Umaka Māori ki Araiteuru, or KUMA.  

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Making the move to cleaner home heating will become easier for Gore residents from today, with the start of the Clean Air Loans Gore Scheme.


Gore residents who live within the designated airshed will be able to apply for an interest free loan of up to $5,000 to install approved clean heating options and insulate their homes.


Environment Southland has committed $140,000 per year for the next three years for the heating scheme and the Gore District Council has set aside $50,000 for a loan pilot scheme to provide insulation.


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