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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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Make a Difference Winter Market - Saturday June 30

Make a Difference Winter Market - Saturday June 30

June 22, 2018

Brighten up your winter — Sustainability Trust's Winter Market is back. The Make a Difference Market is on Saturday June 30, 10am - 2pm at Sustainability Trust’s EcoCentre in Forresters Lane. This unique market will inspire locals who like to make a difference with the power of their spending.

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Curtain Bank needs more curtain donations before winter is over

Curtain Bank needs more curtain donations before winter is over

June 12, 2018

Wellington Curtain Bank is asking for the community’s support to meet demand for curtains for low-income homes this winter.

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Wellington Curtain Bank comes to Pomare Taita

Wellington Curtain Bank comes to Pomare Taita

June 08, 2018

Wellington Curtain Bank is coming to Pomare Taita, making it easier for the community to get free, lined curtains ahead of winter. The Curtain Bank, supported by Sustainability Trust, provides free curtains for people with Community Services Cards who need a hand warming up their homes.

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Zero carbon – 100% possible - a letter to the Climate Change Minister

Zero carbon – 100% possible - a letter to the Climate Change Minister

June 06, 2018

Sustainability Trust joins WWF and Generation Zero and others to present an open letter to the Climate Change Minister, James Shaw on 6 June. The letter encourages the Government to act boldly and pledges our support for reducing carbon emissions. To turn NZ's emissions profile around, concerted effort from Government, business, community and individuals is required. 

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Wellington schools get help with recycling and waste

Wellington schools get help with recycling and waste

June 01, 2018

Wellington schools can now get help to empower kids to recycle and reduce the waste schools send to landfills. Your Sustainable School, launched today by Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage, is a programme to reduce the waste produced in primary and intermediate schools and improve school recycling.

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Warmer Kiwi Homes launch - new funded insulation and heating

Warmer Kiwi Homes launch - new funded insulation and heating

May 25, 2018

The Budget 2018 announced more funding to help people create warm, dry, healthy homes, with $142 million to help pay for insulation and heating. Sustainability Trust Chief Executive Phil Squire explains more, including how to check if you're eligible to get this funding.

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Last chance 50% insulation subsidies for landlords

Last chance 50% insulation subsidies for landlords

May 21, 2018

It's official - 50% insulation subsidies for landlords will run out June 30, 2018 and next year's Warmer Kiwi Homes will not include rental subsidies. Sustainability Trust Chief Executive Philip Squire urges landlords to act now, to avoid missing up to $2,500 towards insulation per property.

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