Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau Project - a success story

Funding for 2010-2011 (the fourth year of the project) has been confirmed at $4.2 million, which will enable a further 1,400 homes to be retrofitted in Northland.

The Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau project was launched in March 2008 with an initial aim of insulating 4,000 Northland homes within five years.  A total of 1,973 homes in the Tai Tokerau region have been retrofitted from 2008 to date.  In the last year 887 houses were retrofitted, of those 739 (83%) had identified health issues. 

The initiative is to retrofit (insulate) “high need” homes for free and was precipitated by research that clearly demonstrated the correlation between cold, damp housing and poor health, and the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority’s (EECA) offer to top up any locally generated funding by 33% and a significant ASB Community Trust grant.  Current Northland funders include Northland PHOs, Northland DHB, Northpower and Top Energy. 

The successful tenderer for the retrofits is a joint venture between the Community Business & Environment Centre (CBEC) based in Kaitaia and He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust (HIKTT) based in Moerewa, which provides full-time employment for 30 people. 

Manaia Health PHO continues to provide funding and leadership for this project with Chris Farrelly (Chief Executive) as Chair of the Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau Governance Group.

If you would like to refer someone to Healthy Housing Tai Tokerau they can ring 0800 RETROFIT (0800 738763) or go to www.healthyhomestaitokerau.co.nz