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Temporary waivers for wood burners now available

Thursday, April 26, 2018   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: heating, environmental health, housing, health

Environment Canterbury media release: 23rd April 2018

Wood burner users who have not yet complied with new home heating rules should call 0800 329 276 for help from Environment Canterbury before winter.

Find out about the home heating rules in your area.

Air quality director Katherine Trought said the team was ready to work with members of the public before the coldest months hit.

“We don’t want anyone to be sitting at home afraid to light their wood burner because it does not comply with the rules in Canterbury.  We want to work alongside people to put their mind at ease and keep their family warm,” she said.

Trought said temporary waivers could be offered to some homeowners or tenants who did not have a compliant heat source installed before this winter due to exceptional circumstances like poor health or financial hardship.

“A temporary waiver is offered at our discretion depending on circumstances.  It enables use of the existing wood burner for a limited time provided certain conditions are met, such as agreeing to burn smoke-free.”

“Currently there are 71 active temporary waivers throughout the region - 48 of which are in Timaru. We expect more to be issued in the lead up to winter to people who are genuinely willing to work with us towards complying with the rules at a future date.”

Find out more about getting a temporary waiver for your wood burner.

Trought said other support offered included subsidies for low-income tenants or homeowners who needed to replace a wood burner.

Subsidies for low-income households will be available in all Clean Air Zones from July 2018. Kaiapoi still has funds available for the current financial year.

“Other homeowners may be interested in the Healthier Homes Canterbury initiative, which is proposed in our next Long-Term Plan.  If adopted it will offer a way for homeowners to add the cost of a new home heating appliance, insulation and ventilation to their rates bills,” she said.

Anyone interested in Healthier Homes Canterbury can register their interest now.

Trought confirmed Environment Canterbury had no intention of issuing fines or abatements for non-compliant wood burners.

“We’re committed to helping people burn smoke-free and working with them to upgrade to cleaner heating technology when possible,” she said.

Healthy Christchurch Champions

  • Canterbury District Health Board
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Ministry of Health
  • Ngai Tahu
  • NZ Police
  • Pegasus Health
  • University of Otago, Christchurch