24 May
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Avondale gran rapt with home improvements

Published: 2016-05-24
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WARMED UP: Josephine Beckham (right), pictured with her Housing New Zealand tenancy manager, Evelyn Morgan, is “stoked” by the improvements being made to make her home warm, dry and healthy.

Not many people feel happy that winter is just around the corner, but Avondale’s Josephine Beckham is all set for the colder months thanks to Housing New Zealand’s Warm and Dry programme.

The 51-year-old’s three-bedroom home has just been through this programme, making it healthier and more comfortable for Josephine and her family. 

There’s now an extractor fan in the bathroom to remove moisture and a new wall heater in the lounge.

Josephine, who shares her home with her daughter and two granddaughters, says that it’s amazing what a difference it has made.

“I’m stoked, because my mokos get asthma and I used to have to use a gas heater with a dehumidifier and shut up the lounge to keep the heat in.”

The house has also been measured up for new carpet and curtains. 

“I’m rapt about that,” says house-proud Josephine, who has been battling health issues and recently had surgery. “I’ve been telling the kids they’re going to have to eat outside once the new carpet goes in!” she jokes.

Housing New Zealand’s Warm and Dry programme began last year, and more than 20,000 properties across New Zealand have had work done on them.

“This winter, we’re encouraging tenants to let us know if they need any work done related to the warmth and dryness of their home, and we’ll get on to it,” says Paul Commons, Housing New Zealand’s Chief Operating Officer. 

Work can include fitting carpet and/or thermal curtains and installing or upgrading mechanical ventilation systems like rangehoods and bathroom fans. 

We also want to make sure tenants know about some important things they can do every day to keep their home warm, dry and healthy – things as simple as opening curtains during the day, opening windows for at least 10 minutes a day and closing curtains at night.