5 Apr 2012

Spotlight on poverty and poor health

9:36 am on 5 April 2012

A family in Porirua is the focus of a move to put the spotlight on child poverty and poor health.

HRV, a ventilation company, the Parents Centre and the Sustainability Trust are joining forces to provide heating and ventilation for the family of eight living in a three-bedroom house.

Afereti and Lemau Taliulu have five children and a grandmother who is on kidney dialysis.

They say every winter members of the family suffer from respiratory problems and two of their children are showing asthma symptoms.

Their home has little insulation and only one gas heater.

The Parents Centre says the Taliulu's situation is just one example of thousands of homes around the country that need work to make them healthy.