11 Dec 2012

Trust to insulate 60 houses

5:00 pm on 11 December 2012

The Atihau Trust in Whanganui is embarking on a project to insulate 60 houses for its beneficiaries in the region over the next year.

It follows a pilot programme in the last year in which the trust identified houses where the need was most urgent and fitted 40 properties with insulation, at a cost of $76,500.

Chair Toni Waho says Atihau Trust is also working with the National Maori Housing Group Te Matapihi, an advisory body set up to help drive initiatives to meet Maori housing needs.

He says the trust's sub-committee has selected 60 more houses that need insulation within their shareholder base in the Whanganui region.

It is confident that the insulation distribution is fair because it won't be concentrated in one area.

Mr Waho says there is a possibility the trust will get additional funding from the Government now that it has singled out more houses that need insulation.