Housing New Zealand’s Warm and Dry programme has won plaudits from the people that matter most – tenants.
The three bedroom home tenanted by Avondale’s Josephine Beckham (51) has recently been through the programme, making it healthier and more comfortable for Josephine and her family.
“I’m so overwhelmed with what’s being done. I can’t believe it – I’m blown away,” she says.
Through the programme, which was introduced last winter, Housing New Zealand has created a new baseline warm and dry standard for all its properties, including triple weave curtains, fixed forms of heating, extractor fans and rangehoods where appropriate and required, and carpet and vinyl so there are no bare floorboards.
Josephine’s home now has extractor fans, a new wall heater in the lounge and has been measured up for new carpet and curtains.
“I’m stoked because my mokos get asthma and I used to have to use a gas heater with a dehumidifier and shut up the lounge to keep the heat in,” she says.
House-proud Josephine is also rapt about getting new carpet.
“I’ve been telling the kids they’re going to have to eat outside once the new carpet goes in!” she jokes.
To date more than 20,000 Housing New Zealand homes nationally have had work completed on them as part of the Warm and Dry Programme.
Tenants are also given useful information on how to efficiently heat, ventilate and maintain their homes – things that can make a big difference to the health of a house, and its occupants.