Pacific communities get warm homes with insulation project

Press Release – Home and Dry

The Acting Minister of Energy and Resources Hekia Parata is this weekend launching a special project in Porirua which aims to have up to 1,000 Pacific Island Homes insulated in the greater Wellington area6 October 2011

Pacific communities to get warm homes treatment with launch of insulation project

The Acting Minister of Energy and Resources Hekia Parata is this weekend launching a special project in Porirua which aims to have up to 1,000 Pacific Island Homes insulated in the greater Wellington area.

The Pacific Healthier Homes project – under the Government’s Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart programme – is the first of its kind to specifically target Pacific Island households.

Pacific adults have asthma hospitalisation rates that are more than twice the region’s average, and Pacific children have the highest rate of hospitalisations; up to two times higher than European children.

Many of these health conditions are caused by cold and poorly insulated housing.

The Pacific Peoples Wellbeing Trust which developed the idea for the special project is coordinating the fund raising aspects of the programme. It will be delivered by Wellington based company Home&dry.

PPW Trust chairman, Fa’amatuainu Tino Pereira says the project will seriously address poor health outcomes for Pacific communities in the region and will allow families in greater need of help to get on with their lives.

All households are expected to make a contribution towards the costs of retrofitting, and therefore this project represents a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’.

The Trust is appreciative for the significant financial investment made by Regional Public Health. The Trust will also be seeking partnerships with other organisations who share the vision of healthier homes for Pasifika familes.

Initially, the programme will specifically target people with acute health needs in Porirua, Lower Hutt and the wider Wellington area.

The event is being held at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa at Waitangirua on Saturday 8 October.

You are invited to join us there for the launch of the Pacific Healthier Homes project.

Details:

Date: Saturday October 8 2011

Time: 10.30pm-12.30pm

Location: 2 Louisa Grove (off Waihemo Street), Waitangirua, Porirua

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