ECT announces major investment in warmer homes for the Eastland region

DATE 25 August 2011    

The Eastland Community Trust (ECT) and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) will combine forces to bring an additional $5 million worth of funding to insulate Gisborne and Tairawhiti homes over the next two years.

In a deal announced at the Trust’s AGM August 2011 - the ECT will contribute $2 million with EECA funding the remaining $3 million through the Government’s insulation programme Warm Up New Zealand: Heat Smart. This project for Gisborne and Tairawhiti residents continues to build on the previous project started eight years ago with the Council.

This project will target those low income homes first by offering a subsidy for ceiling and underfloor insulation to community service card holders. This could be 100% funded if conditions are met.

While we are looking at community service card holders first, we will be reviewing the programme early in 2012 and, depending on uptake, contractor capacity and funding, look to expand the programme to include non-community service card holders as well. 

ECT general manager Leighton Evans said the contracts for service delivery had been given to two companies – Smart Energy Solutions for the city side of the Waimata River including all rural areas, and Home&Dry will service the area east of the Waimata River including Kaiti, Wainui and the East Coast.

This programme is different from before because the service providers will be looking at wider home health issues and working with the supporting entities in each area to ensure home safety and maintenance is good and if not, source funding to help pay for repairs.

Householders should contact their provider as per the map below.




For details of the extended programme announced 24 October 2012 please CLICK HERE