A comprehensive housing survey is just one of the 23 solutions proposed by the Ruapehu Whānau Transformation [RWT] team two years ago.
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Just completed, of the 101 homes surveyed, 38 percent didn’t have any form of insulation, 76 percent used a wood burner as the main source of heating but of these 15 percent of families struggled with affording wood and having adequate dry storage available.
In gaining funding for audit, RWT Project Manager Erena Mikaere-Most also secured funds to trial a building Warrant of Fitness [WoF] check on ten properties.
Helped by Ruapehu District Council building inspector Bryan Jacobsen, Ruapehu Fire Safety Officer John ‘Luigi’ Hotter and electrician father-in-law, Lou Most the check was such a success it’s now being offered to another 50 families.
“The main thing the survey and test warrants affirmed for us is we need to work on having warm houses,” Ms Mikaere-Most said.
Any spare thermal drapes hanging around getting dusty? Ngāti Rangi’s Ruapehu Whānau Transformation [RWT] team have launched a local Curtain Bank and are now hoping to receive donations. RWT Project manager Erena Mikaere-Most said living in a warm, safe home was an aspiration, rather than the reality for many families in the rome. “Under the RWT Plan we’re developing and implementing a number of housing solutions but many, like retro-fitting insulation, can be expensive. Not only can installing curtains help to reduce power bills for whānau but in turn, it instantly improves the health of the home.”
Independent research has proven that hanging thermal drapes on single glazed windows can significantly reduce heat loss in a house by up to 60 percent. “It’s cheaper and with faster installation, they can have an immediate impact. The launch of a Curtain Bank is intended to compliment other efforts of cost effectively keeping a warm home, we know other places have curtain banks, and it just makes sense that our area have one too. It will be helpful to address any heating issues for the whānau who are opting into the new housing project we’re about to begin as well.”
The launch of a local bank proved timely for the congregation at Raetihi’s St Mary’s Church who’ve just made the first donation. A couple of weeks ago Reverend Elizabeth Penny said a banana box full of thermal drapes was found during a clean up. Rather than sending them to the Red Cross Curtain Bank in Palmerston North, she was delighted they’re now going to be used to help local families.
Donations of good condition, thermal-lined drapes can be dropped off at the RWT Tech Hub housed in the old Ruapehu College senior block on 43a Ruapehu Road in Ohākune or by calling Operations Manager Danielle Vaughan on 021 811 670 who is happy to help arrange collection. The team is also looking for expressions of interest from any one in the community who has a few spare hours to help as required with any sewing repairs and installation.
Pictured: Ruapehu Whānau Transformation’s Operations Manager Danielle Vaughan happily receives the first donation of thermal backed drapes for their new Curtain Bank from St Mary’s Church’s Andrew Bate and Reverend Elizabeth Penny on Thursday.
Over the last week reporters have been celebrating RWTs second birthday by taking time to catch up with our project manager.
You can hear Erena Mikaere-Most having a chat with Waatea News on their website HERE