Warmer Healthier Homes Nelson-Tasman-Marlborough Insulation Project chairman Leeson Baldey cuts the celebratory cake with national programme manager Eddie Thompson. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Insulation project reaches major milestone


Thousands of Nelsonians are sleeping in warmer drier homes.

The Warmer Healthier Homes Nelson-Tasman-Marlborough Insulation Project has reached a major milestone, with the warmth and health of 1,750 households improved with insulation.

The project offers free insulation to households in need.

Chairman Leeson Baldey says the positive effects of insulation are well-documented.

“Insulation is especially important for the elderly and young children. People living in an insulated home are less likely to be hospitalised with respiratory illnesses such as asthma, and have fewer hospitalisations and days off work and school.”

Leeson says the project grants provided by EECA (Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority) cover two-thirds of the cost of insulation to eligible households and they are able to offer insulation at no cost because of the generous support of community funders.

“I would especially like to thank our community funders, whose contributions are improving the health of our community. This support is making a real difference to the well-being of the Nelson-Tasman and Marlborough regions.”

Warmer Healthier Homes Nelson-Tasman-Marlborough Insulation Project chairman Lesson Baldey. Photo: Jonty Dine 

Current funders are Nelson City Council, Marlborough Distract Council, Tasman District Council, Nelson Marlborough Health, Network Tasman, Port Nelson, Mainland Foundation and the Rata Foundation, Leeson says.

EECA’s Warmer Kiwi Homes Manager Eddie Thompson congratulates the Project on reaching the milestone.

“The Government provides Warmer Kiwi Homes grants but these generous contributions from community organisations means needy households get warmer and drier homes at no cost. That is invaluable.”