Fighting cold, damp housing – a big tick for Warmer Kiwi programme

Jun 15, 2023

Motu Research evaluated the Government’s Warmer Kiwi Homes programme and found using heat pumps reduces electricity use by 16 percent on average over winter months and is effective at creating warm, dry homes in Aotearoa.
Our evaluation was just before the Government’s decision to increase funding to the Warmer Kiwi Homes in Budget 2023.
The programme will also be lowering the risk of respiratory disease caused by our damp, cold houses. Respiratory disease disproportionally affects Māori and Pacific peoples. Hospitalisation rates from respiratory illness are much higher for Pacific peoples and Māori than for other ethnic groups.