Warmer Kiwi Homes - up to 96% insulation subsidies for low income households

Warmer Kiwi Homes - up to 96% insulation subsidies for low income households

October 02, 2018

We are proud to announce that we are a service provider for the new Warmer Kiwi Homes programme in the Wellington region. This government funded programme provides subsidies to make it easier for low-income households in New Zealand to afford insulation.

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Come and get free curtains!

Come and get free curtains!

September 18, 2018

Last financial year, we provided the highest number of free, lined curtains ever to families with Community Services Cards. To be exact, we gave 2462 sets of curtains to 604 households! But we want to give out even more this year before our Wellington Curtain Bank closes on 30 November.

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Healthy Homes Guarantee Act & Residential Tenancies Act - what's the difference?

Healthy Homes Guarantee Act & Residential Tenancies Act - what's the difference?

September 10, 2018

The public consultation for the proposed standards for the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act was announced last week, just a week after a similar announcement regarding the reform of the Residential Tenancies Act. This post helps explain the differences between the pieces of legislation and what they cover.

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We welcome Govt standards to help Kiwi rental properties be warm and dry

We welcome Govt standards to help Kiwi rental properties be warm and dry

September 05, 2018

On September 4, Sustainability Trust hosted Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford as he announced the opening of consultation on standards to make Kiwi rental properties warmer and drier.

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Sustainability Trust and ERANZ partner to deliver better access to electricity for low-income homes

Sustainability Trust and ERANZ partner to deliver better access to electricity for low-income homes

August 27, 2018

Sustainability Trust and the Electricity Retailers’ Association of New Zealand (ERANZ) are partnering to deliver Access to Electricity — a project to help low-income households have better access to warm, dry homes.

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Plastic bag ban - a step in the right direction

Plastic bag ban - a step in the right direction

August 15, 2018

Sustainability Trust is delighted about the Government’s response to public support for a ban on single-use plastic bags. Banning single-use plastic bags is an achievable, visible example of environmental stewardship — and an important step in New Zealand’s journey to Zero Waste.

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 at Sustainability Trust

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 at Sustainability Trust

August 01, 2018

Sustainability Trust is supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2018, which runs from August 3 to 16  and shines spotlight on all things fair trade. Fair trade is about stable prices, decent working conditions — and empowering farmers and workers around the world. We are running the Fair trade Fair on 11 August and a Fairtrade Baking Workshop on August 14. See you there!

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Get a Grandy, Grow a Garden

Get a Grandy, Grow a Garden

August 01, 2018

It doesn’t get much sweeter than this. Sustainability Trust is piloting an inter-generational gardening programme, Get a Grandy, Grow a Garden. It brings together the elderly and young through gardening. Together, we're growing relationships, sharing skills and building community.

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Exciting times for New Zealand's Zero Carbon Bill

Exciting times for New Zealand's Zero Carbon Bill

July 30, 2018

Our Chief Executive, Phil Squire, writes about the Government’s Zero Carbon Bill, being designed to bring New Zealand’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050. Just before the consultation closed on July 19th, Sustainability Trust hosted an event for WWF NZ, to give people information on the Bill – and encourage everyone to make a submission. Speakers from WWF, Generation Zero, Forest and Bird, Meridian Energy and Hon. James Shaw (Minister for Climate Change) spoke about the Bill and consultation process. Read more of Phil's thoughts.

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Guest post: Landlords, are you insulated?

Guest post: Landlords, are you insulated?

July 20, 2018

In this guest post, Tenancy Services are reminding landlords that insulating rental properties is not only the right thing to do, it's legally required to be in place by 1 July 2019.

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What is the Winter Energy Payment?

What is the Winter Energy Payment?

July 06, 2018

The Winter Energy Payment, which officially rolled out at the beginning of July, is designed to provide those in need with a regular sum of money to help deal with the additional expense of keeping a warm, dry home in the winter months. We've had lots of questions about the programme from our community, so we've put together this short FAQs to help anyone who is wondering how it might affect them.

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Join us and 'Choose to Refuse' single-use plastic this July

Join us and 'Choose to Refuse' single-use plastic this July

June 28, 2018

Imagine a world without plastic waste. That’s the mission of Plastic Free July – to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling, worldwide. To help promote this campaign, we are launching two plastic-free Goodybags, to help kickstart your journey to a life with less plastic.

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