The benefits of living in a modern warm dry home were recently outlined by a Housing New Zealand tenant in front of a captive audience.
Te Aorangi Corbett has been living in a 6 Homestar rated Housing New Zealand home in Auckland’s Waterview since late 2016 with her young son Kayden.
A 6 Homestar rating provides assurance that a house will be warmer, drier, healthier and cost less to run than a typical new house built to building code.
Recently Te Aorangi joined a panel of experts at the NZ Green Building Council (NZGBC) 2018 Housing Summit to speak about the benefits of warm, dry housing. No one is more expert in the topic of energy-efficient housing than those who live in them and Te Aorangi spoke eloquently about what the move to a Homestar home means to her and Kayden.
“My first Housing New Zealand house was cold, damp, had mould and no airflow,” the accounts administrator told the audience, which included Patrick Dougherty, Housing New Zealand’s General Manager Asset Development, who spoke after her. “The new place is warm and open plan, so you don’t have to heat each individual room,’’ she said.
The audience listened intently as Te Aorangi recounted how the shift to a new house meant lower heating bills and better health for the family.
“If you build a good home, then you’re tenants will look after it,” she said. “It’s a better investment than building a real cheapo home.”
Te Aorangi, who featured in this video about the Making of Torea Place, grew up in Waterview and Kayden now has the same school principal at Waterview Primary School as she had.
Te Aorangi’s home is one of 17 two, three and four bedroom homes that replaced three, 1940s brick duplexes; houses that were old, cold and damp.
She’d moved from an old state house in Waterview that was then earmarked for redevelopment. Mother and son had previously lived with family and, when Kayden was a new-born, in emergency accommodation.
Te Aorangi certainly made an impression at the event with organisers saying feedback included many mentions of Te Aorangi joining the panel as a key highlight.
Other panellists included industry heavyweights such as Bindi Norwell, chief executive of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Dr Rhys Jones, senior lecturer in Maori health at the University of Auckland and Andrea Davison, technical manager special projects at the NZGBC.