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Healthy Homes Programme

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Healthy Homes Programme known as Tō Kāinga Whare 

As part of our charitable services focused on our vision of, a world where everyone has a decent place to live, Habitat Northern provides healthy homes services, collectively known as Tō Kāinga Whare, across Tai Tokerau and Tamaki Makaurau (including Waiheke and Aotea Islands).

These services directly address acute and preventable health issues that can be attributed to a cold, damp living environment.

Habitat works collaboratively with a range of partners including the Ministry of Health HHI providers and alongside whānau to improve their health and housing, as well as reducing energy hardship.

This service includes an initial home assessment, and a range of minor repairs and interventions that support a warmer and drier home, including a full curtain installation service. We also provide in-home advice on behaviour changes to make homes healthier and more cost effective to run, and a printed booklet with tips, advice and video links. 

Works and interventions undertaken directly address individual need, and could include an energy efficient heater, blankets, hot water bottles, scoopy to remove condensation in the home, hygrometer to measure temperature and humidity, door snake (draught stopper), shower timers, and other energy efficient items like light bulbs, hot water cylinder wraps/pipe lagging and low flow shower heads. 

During winter we also provide winter warmer packs which are distributed through a range of community and iwi partners. 

If you are interested in receiving this service for you or your client group, please contact us today. 

We would not be able to provide this service free to whānau, without support from a range of funders including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Foundation North, Mercury, Starship Foundation, Manawa Ora, National Hauora Coalition, Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland District Health Board, Auckland Council, Ecological Associates and Auckland Local Boards. 

Download our Healthy Homes Booklet

Our behaviour within the home can have a huge impact on the health of our loved ones – making simple changes can benefit everyone. These tips and advice will help you keep your home warmer, drier and help to reduce your power bills – saving you money!

Watch our Healthy Homes Videos

In our series of ‘How To’ videos we provide practical advice and simple DIY tasks that will help you keep your home warm and dry.

Click here to view the videos

A warmer winter for whānau in Tāmaki Makaurau and Tai Tokerau

Building on and increasing our impact requires partnership with others to improve homes at scale. This year we have been partnering with Iwi across a range of different programmes.

Habitat helps grandmother of four have a warm, dry and safe home

“Habitat has already fixed the heat pump that I haven’t been able to use for months. The kids will be warm tonight.”

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