Counties Manukau District Health Board says a programme to insulate homes is starting to cut hospital admission rates.
Manager Maori Bernard Te Paa is urging Maori to take advantage of the Snug programme, a joint venture between the board, local government and the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority.
The two-year-old project is available to community service card holders in houses where either kaumatua or children under 14 are living.
Mr Te Paa told Waatea News that Middlemore Hospital is already seeing the difference in admissions for conditions like respiratory illness.
Snug Homes has so far helped to insulate more than 800 houses in Counties Manukau.