Changes to Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes Insulation Scheme

The Government’s subsidised insulation scheme has changed as of 1 July 2016.
The programme is now called Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes Rental. It will sunset on 30 June 2018.
The number of subsidies allocated to Dunedin/Otago will be announced by the Government on or around 1 September 2016, though some subsidies have been awarded for July and August to ensure there is no disruption in service. It is expected the subsidies will be claimed well before the 30 June 2018 end date. This is a first-come, first-served programme for those who qualify.
The programme now applies only to tenanted properties in which the main tenant has a Community Services Card (and the property was built before 2000). This qualifies landlords for a 50% subsidy for ceiling and underfloor insulation from government and local funders (Otago Community Trust, Dunedin City Council and Cosy Homes). The landlord pays the remaining 50%. There is no cost to the tenant.
There are two approved installers for this programme in Otago:
Technobond: 03 476 4221 or 0800 55 88 22
Smart Energy Solutions: 03 455 6521 or 0800 888 766
Interested tenants or landlords can contact the installers directly, or contact Cosy Homes for a referral or with questions.
This programme no longer applies to owner-occupied homes, and at this time there are no free or subsidised programmes available. Cosy Homes is working on a solution alongside local partners.
For owner-occupiers within the Dunedin City boundaries, or for Dunedin rental property owners who don’t have the cash to pay for the remaining 50% of the subsidised programme, they can access the Council’s “Warm Dunedin” programme, which allows rates payers to spread the cost of insulation and/or clean heating appliances (log burner, pellet fire, heat pump) across their rates for 10 years, up to $5000. More information about Warm Dunedin can be found here:
Repayments would likely be between $30 and $61/month added to the property’s rates, depending on how much funding is needed to complete the desired work. Property owners must use an approved installer under this programme; a list of approved installers can be found at the link above. Restrictions do apply. A similar programme is also being launched in Clutha District in the coming months.
For any questions about the government’s insulation scheme, or about Warm Dunedin or other warm homes/healthy homes work, please contact the Cosy Homes Project Manager at: or by text/phone at 021 999 395. Emails are preferred.