Nor'West News: September 03, 2020

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• By Bea Gooding

ORGANISATIONS, charities and

community groups are concerned

about the future of volunteering

in Christchurch following

Covid-19.

Some reported a surge of volunteers

post-lockdown as a way to

support their community during

trying times, but retaining them

was a different story.

In an annual report by Volunteering

New Zealand which examines

the voluntary sector, 36.6

per cent of organisations reported

a lack of volunteers as their single

biggest challenge.

Delta Community Support

Trust general manager Ian Burn

said the organisation had not experienced

a significant decrease in

its volunteer workforce, however,

they were not immune to the effects

of Covid-19.

Said Burn: “As Covid-19 levels

go up and down, more older volunteers

have been cautious.

“We have had some volunteers

step out of the scene because of it,

with concerns about themselves

or people in their households who

are vulnerable.”

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Lack of younger volunteers

• From page 1

During the lockdown, the

organisation was kept busy, with

its foodbank service experiencing

a 50 per cent increase in

demand, highlighting the need

to have more hands on deck.

“We always need more volunteers;

we don’t have enough,”

said Burn.

In the Volunteering NZ report,

involving 3000 people in the voluntary

sector across the country,

35.8 per cent of respondents

noted an ageing volunteer workforce

as a concern, and a lack of

younger volunteers.

During the pandemic, many

vulnerable volunteers, young

and old, were forced to stop

volunteering in order to protect

their health, which further decreased

workforces.

Volunteering Canterbury

strategy and finance manager

Alison Marshall said many organisations

have had to “rethink”

the way they ran their

volunteer programmes since the

lockdown.

“Lockdown, and then the

impact of different levels, has

meant that they have had to, for

example, factor in social distancing,

taking extra precautions

where their regular volunteer

team includes older adults or

those who may be vulnerable,”

she said.

“Re-thinking and re-organising

the way you do things is

always challenging, especially

for organisations that are already

often stretched and working

around tight time frames.”

A “spike of interest” in people

wanting to volunteer in Canterbury

since the lockdown was

put down to the increased sense

DECLINE:

Alison

Marshall

and Glenda

Martin say

a desire for

episodic

work affects

volunteer

rates in the

region.

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of community or a change in

circumstances, said Marshall.

But feelings of uncertainty

about the future – as it was

highlighted post-earthquakes

and now, Covid-19 – reflected

people’s readiness to make longterm

commitments, hindering

recruitment rates.

“Many prospective volunteers

are seeking one-off, shorter-term

or episodic volunteering opportunities,”

said Marshall.

“This can be a challenge as

it takes time and resources to

recruit, orientate and train

volunteers; something which is

limited for many.

“Volunteering can provide a

sense of focus and positiveness at

a time of uncertainty. Knowing

that you are making a positive

difference is really good for people’s

mental health,’’ she said.

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It will connect to the Quarryman’s

Trail, Little River Link,

South Express, Uni–Cycle and

Northern Line cycle routes once it

was completed.

The city council transport

planning and delivery manager

Lynette Ellis said the cycling network

was already having a major

effect on the city, making it safer

and easier for people to cycle.

“During the pandemic lockdown,

we clearly saw the positive

impact of less traffic on our streets

and environment,” said Ellis.

“It will cover a busy and

populous area of Christchurch

that is projected to grow and

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“The Nor’West Arc cycleway

will provide an alternative travel

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PROPERTY NEWS

Housing market booming

as spring arrives

The Nor’west property market remains extremely active

as we come to the end of winter and is showing no

signs of slowing down anytime soon. REINZ statistics

released for July show that 141 properties were sold in

the Nor’west area, with the median number of days to

sell sitting at just 30.

The highlight, though, says owner of Ray White

Bishopdale & Strowan Barry Ellis, was the median sale

price for July – up 9.3 per cent on the same period last

year, increasing from $485,000 in July 2019 to $530,000

in July 2020 for the area.

“The market we’re working in now is hugely exciting,

there’s a lot of activity and the momentum is continuing

as we come into spring,” Barry says.

“The depth of the buyer pool is what’s most exciting.

We are seeing a lot of activity from first-home buyers

and investors, but also families upgrading and upsizing

their homes, and a lot of Kiwis returning from overseas.”

The agency has found auctions proving the best

method of sale in the current market, with two recently

sold properties stunning many hopeful buyers with their

final sale price.

The first, an ‘as is, where is’ at 98 Roker Street in

Somerfield, marketed and sold by Maria Paterson of

Ray White Strowan, sold for $448,000. The property

had more than 90 groups through the open home and

attracted more than 22 people to the auction, with more

than 13 bids placed.

“There was a lot of interest in this property, and

particularly as ‘as is, where is’ properties are becoming

scarcer in Christchurch. It was a great auction and the

vendors were extremely happy with the result,” Maria

says.

Another property, marketed by

Brent Rushworth of Ray White

Bishopdale, sold at auction for

$431,000.

“The property was completely

original and was on the market for the

first time in 50 years so there is a lot

of modernising to be done by the new

owners,” Brent says.

The 86 Crofton Road property had

81 groups through the open homes

and 21 people attended the auction

with 18 bids placed.

Co-owner of Ray White Bishopdale

& Strowan Karen Ellis says the

property market is booming and

auctions are proving an effective way

to get top dollar.

“With so many buyers in the

marketplace, auction is proving the

best way to achieve top dollar for your

property by creating competition

among the interested buyers. In the

last three months we have had 100

per cent of the properties we have taken to auction at

Ray White Bishopdale & Strowan sell on auction day,

achieving exceptional prices for our vendors,” Karen

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“If you are thinking about selling, now is a great time.

You only have to look at the results we’re seeing, and the

market statistics being released each month to realise it.

And with spring right on the doorstep, those property

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Market Snapshot

July 2020

Median Sale Price

$530,000

(+9.3%)

Compared to $485,000

in July 2019*

Total Number of Sales

141

Compared to 136

in July 2019*

Total Sales Value

$93m

(+16%)

Compared to $79m

in July 2019*

Median Days to Sell

30

(+3.6%) (-37%)

Compared to 44

in July 2019*

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Youth group’s new development on track

• By Bea Gooding

STUDENTS OF youth

organisation Te Ora Hou

Ōtautahi will soon have a

permanent place to call home

after years of working in cold

and damp conditions.

Site developments at the Papanui

campus have been under

way for a number of years to

replace the previous run-down

complex which was demolished

last year.

New additions included new

classrooms, a kitchen and cafe

area, a whānau room and a new

outdoor space complete with a

basketball hoop.

General manager Jono Campbell

said plans to redevelop the

space has been in the works since

2014.

“We’re getting really excited.

It acknowledges our volunteers

who had to work in a space that

wasn’t the flashest,” he said.

“For years when we first started

running the old bungalow on

Sawyers Arms Rd, it was cold

and there were rats.

“Now, 20 years later, we have

our own buildings, land and

spaces for our whānau and rangatahi.”

Redevelopments cost $4 million

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Campbell said the Māori

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the many issues they face today.

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opportunities accessing sport,

the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes,

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“Having a site where young

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Marshland Rd speed

reduction likely

IT MIGHT soon take

longer to drive one of the

busiest roads in north-west

Christchurch, ending

months of speculation

and completing a suite

of changes for the area’s

roads.

Marshland Rd, from

near Main North Rd/Spencerville

Rd to Prestons Rd,

might soon have a 60km/h

speed limit. The current

speed limit for that stretch

of road is 70km/h.

If approved by the city

council, the plan would

add-to previous changes to

sections of the Marshland

Rd/Main North Rd corridor

where 70km/h and

80km/h limits dropped to

60km/h.

The council adopted

those changes last September,

but the decision to cut

the limit on the road south

of the railway line to Prestons

Rd was deferred.

The local community

boards asked for the deferral

under the weight of

submissions against the

plan, and the need to know

more about possible safety

improvements.

The Papanui-Innes and

Coastal Burwood community

boards recently met

and heard some improvements

would outstrip the

council’s budget.

Traffic engineer Wayne

Anisy told the boards

signals and safety improvements

at the intersections

would “require funding

well-in-excess” of what was

available.

The road would need

to be widened to accommodate

median and side

barriers, which would

come at a significant cost.

Seal widening could costs

“millions,” the boards were

told.

GUIDELINES: Marshland Rd, from near Main

North Rd/Spencerville Rd to Prestons Rd, might

soon have a 60km/h speed limit adding about

90sec to a journey.

Committing to such

improvements would also

create uncertainty as to

when any safety improvements

could be carried out,

Anisy advised.

Minor safety improvements,

such as vegetation

clearing, sight boards and

stop controls had been

carried out at some key

locations.

However, they had not

changed the overall risk

rating of the road, he said

in his report.

There were high-risk

intersections and roadside

hazards and some in the

area, including Ouruhia

School, had concerns about

road safety.

The safe and appropriate

speed assessment of

the road needed to meet

national guidelines is

60km/h, he said.

Keeping the current

speed limit at 70km/h

would “align with the majority

of feedback” received

when the changes were

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mooted last year, he said.

Then, there were claims

the change would mean

slower traveling times

and lost productivity, and

increased congestion and

driver frustration.

Council research suggested

travel times might

drop by 90sec at most.

The boards were advised

this should be balanced

against the $5.07 million

social cost of a fatal crash,

or of a serious injury crash

($926,000).

They were also told congestion

was more directly

linked to traffic volume

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Thursday September 3 2020 7

• By Bea Gooding

RESIDENTS WHO

have endured months of

significant roadworks in

St Albans, Edgeware and

Mairehau can now see an

end in sight.

A bulk of the work on

transport projects under

way to manage the downstream

effects of

the Christchurch

Northern Corridor

motorway will be

completed by mid-

October, says the

city council.

In the past six

months, roadworks

have dominated the

area, particularly on

Cranford St, with many

residents and school

children fearing for their

safety while crossing the

road due to drivers not

following 30km/h speed

limits.

Said St Albans resident

Mark Wilson: “It’s all very

well to say that there’s an end

in sight to the roadworks, but

what happens then?

When the roadworks

are finished, then the

traffic from the motorway

comes.”

“We’re getting pretty

tired of it.”

Work on the corner of

Warrington St and Forfar

St may take longer, along

Mark Wilson

DISRUPTION:

Roadworks to

mitigate the

downstream

effects of the

Christchurch

Northern

Corridor have

been ongoing

in St Albans,

however, work

is nearing

completion.

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SLOAN

Roadworks ease; safety

concerns remain

with work on Barbadoes

St to repair wastewater

pipes, but the city council

still aims to complete these

areas next month.

Construction started

in early February and

was originally due to be

completed by the middle of

this year.

“We know the high

volume of road

works has

caused frustrations

for those

who live, work

or travel through

St Albans,

Edgeware and

Mairehau but an

end is in sight,’’

said Lynette Ellis, city

council transport planning

and delivery manager.

“By mid-October, our

contractors should have

the bulk of the projects

completed so there will be

significantly fewer active

road worksites in the area.”

Ellis said over the next

two months the city

council will be working

on traffic-calming options

for some streets that are

expected to experience an

increase in traffic.

Measures were implemented

to address safety

concerns in recent months

due to the roadworks, such

as an active police presence

in the area to deter dangerous

driving and assistance

with school crossings.

Although unsafe behaviour

had decreased due

to these improvements,

Wilson believed the real issue

of increased traffic due

to the CNC motorway was

not being addressed.

Said Wilson, about the

improvements: “From my

perspective, it’s another example

of an ambulance at

the bottom of the cliff, and

another knee-jerk reaction

without addressing the

problem.”

A report will be

presented to the Papanui-

Innes Community Board

next month on how an

extra lane on Cranford St

should be used, such as a

public transport or cycle

lane which the community

lobbied for.

Wilson was not convinced

the city council

would favour this option

in spite of previous assumptions.

“From how I see it, we

are not going to get a

recommendation from

staff for public transport

prioritisation on the lanes,

and can expect a focus on

maximising traffic flow

through the suburb.”

The CNC will be completed

by December this

year.

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Funding for charity denied

• By Bea Gooding

VOLUNTEERS AT a charity

that provides crucial support to

those experiencing traumatic

events have resorted to selling

face masks to stay afloat.

NZ Gifts of Love and Strength

started selling handmade, affordable

face masks when their

application for Government

funding of $15,000 was declined

by the Community Organisation

Grants Scheme.

The charity’s operational costs

are $17,000 per year.

Founder Vicki-Anne Parker

said they were not expecting the

full amount, but anything was

“better than nothing.”

“It was gut-wrenching because

this is the second time it’s happened

and we know we do a

damn good job,” said Parker.

They work hand-in-hand with

other organisations, such as the

Red Cross providing refugees

with unique care packages upon

arrival.

Partnerships like this prevented

the organisation from

having their funding application

accepted.

“The excuse they gave us was

pretty sad. They told us we had

duplicated services because the

Government already provided

funding for the Red Cross, so

IMPACT: NZ Gifts of Love and Strength volunteers Lynette

Hill (left), Rafia Chaudry, founder Vicki-Anne Parker and

Jessica Campbell-Beardsell have sold hundreds of face

masks to get by after the charity’s funding was denied.

they said we didn’t need it,” she because of it.”

said.

Selling face masks has made

Parker believed the funding “a huge impact” in many ways

decline for the second time as they have been inundated

highlighted issues within the with hundreds of orders, raising

voluntary sector when it came to nearly $2500.

accessing funding.

“Former clients come back and

“We haven’t been established volunteer with us, so it shows

for two years so it’s always we’re making a difference,” she

hard to get funding. Bigger said.

charities always get funding,” “One of the fathers from the

she said.

Vivian St fire lost his only child

“Lots of charities are also and helped make face masks for

being set up, but they’re failing us to pay it forward.”

Facelift for bowling club

A SHOT at hosting the world

championships for disabled

bowling presented both an

opportunity and a dilemma to

the Burnside Bowling Club.

The largest club in the South

Island was no stranger to hosting

prominent events – but they

needed to upgrade their toilet facilities

to cater for more disabled

players.

Club president Brenda Turner

said her club jumped at the

chance to host the 2020 Internation

Bowls for the Disabled

World Bowls Championships but

lacked the funding to upgrade

the club’s facilities.

“The previous toilets were built

in 1975, so a facelift was well

overdue,” she said.

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to upgrade the toilet area, we

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grant, and Lisa Gregory from the

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team guided us through to the

correct fund.”

The club received $52,000 from

the city council’s Capital Endowment

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their new accessible toilets.

While the championships

are now on hold due to the

Covid-19 pandemic, Turner

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240 members, will attract more

wheelchair users.

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as competitive as you want and

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come along for a chat,” she said.

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Worry Dolls a special treat

CHILDREN staying at the

Ronald McDonald House

were gifted with a special

treat to help them get

through their troubles due

to an initiative by a group

of year 2 pupils.

The Selwyn House

School’s unit of inquiry

topic for the pupils was

“Toys Through Time,”

and as part of the “taking

action” aspect of this

inquiry, the girls created

Worry Dolls for the young

children who are unwell at

the house.

Each doll was hand-sewn

and came in a gift bag with

the name of the girl who

made the doll and a special

message for the recipient.

“This Worry Doll was

made with love and

kindness especially for

you. So when you’re feeling

tired or sick or yucky tell

your Worry Doll and know

that someone else in the

world is thinking of you

and sending you love and

aroha,” the message reads.

Teacher Tara Hollings

said the idea was generated

by the pupils themselves.

“We were talking with

the pupils about their

favourite toy and what

COMFORT: Ronald McDonald House fundraising

manager Regan De Burgh accepts the Worry

Dolls from Selwyn House School year 2 pupil,

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have that when you were

really sick. That is how the

idea of the Worry Dolls

was created.”

Ronald McDonald

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to make a wish of wellness

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and kindness to the

children in hospital.

“So much creativity and

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their finished products, but

the most rewarding part

was knowing that what

they had created was going

to help cheer up another

child.”

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Your Local Views

Make the effort to recycle correctly

From the board

David Cartwright, chair

Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board

RECENT developments in our

ward include the approval of two

community local playgrounds

upgrades, approving the leasing

application to the Old Boys

Cricket Club for new practice

nets in Elmwood Park plus the

premission to change the name

of the Avonhead Cemetery.

Almost every day in our media

we get reminders of many issues

that at times seem out of our

control, be it Covid levels, justice

sentencing or boy racers.

Earlier this year our

communities voiced their

concerns over rates increases;

callers to talk back radio

stations, letters to the editor and

social media posts all demanded

better spending of the rates

dollar – more accountability, less

duplication was asked for.

Many people in our

community feel powerless in

how to make a difference or

knew where to make a start.

It was around this time I read

a news article that indicated

almost $1m in city council

spending during the first six

months of 2020 was incurred

through residents incorrectly

disposing of rubbish in their

yellow recycling bins.

It went on to suggest that

Christchurch residents were

some of the worse offenders in

the country.

I was flabbergasted to hear

of the large volume of items

(general rubbish like food scraps,

unwashed tins and bottles)

being regularly thrown into our

recycling bins – this behaviour

results in truck load after truck

load of recyclable material

becoming contaminated and

then diverted to landfill at great

expense.

While I don’t proclaim to be

prefect, I always try and make an

effort and have taken the time to

educate myself in the recycling

dos and don’ts, the differences

between soft and hard plastics,

the importance in removing

bottle tops from containers and

washing out tins.

Long term not only is this a

GET IT RIGHT: Disposing waste correctly will reduce the cost of recycling to ratepayers.

cost to our environment, but

results in wasted money from

the city council’s budgets –

money that could be used to

repair the pot holes in our road

and footpaths or assist not-forprofits

organisations or lessen

the burden on ratepayers.

While the number might

not seem high in the grand

scale of the city council’s budget,

it is a place where direct action

can be made quickly and

effectively by every resident in

Christchurch for the great good

of all.

It would be my hope that

when the next rubbish survey

and statistical information is

released that collectively we have

been able to have some impact

in reducing this waste in money,

time and effort.

For those people wanting to

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can be found on the council

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HEALTH & AWARENESS

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Joint pain: Do I have arthritis or

could it be mainly my muscles?

The team at Physical Sense in Sydenham

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many of their middle-aged and senior clients

visit complaining of pain in one of their joints.

Physiotherapist Ietje van Stolk suggests

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to muscle pain rather than simply arthritis.

“Even if an x-ray shows arthritis, the reason

for the pain may be the muscles around

the joint,” she explains. The images show

how a muscle knot (the crosses) in a back

muscle can give hip pain (aches and pain

are the red areas in the drawings), a knot

in a muscle on the back of the shoulder

blade can give a deep pain in the front of

the shoulder and a muscle knot all the way

near the groin can give an ache in the knee

(especially at night in bed).

Ietje recalls one case where an 89 year

old client with severe arthritis who walked

with a stick, told her, “I will end up in

a wheelchair, I cannot put any weight

through my right leg due to pain in my hip

and buttock”. “Within 4 treatments, she

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severe pain,” says Ietje. “The arthritis was

one of the factors that made her muscles

spasm but the other was that older people

move less and the flexed position the hip

is in when we sit is particularly bad for

the hip.” Ietje is happy with the fact that

although the client was 89 and could have

been “given up on” or told to live with the

pain, she made a difference to her health

and wellbeing.

The same lack of movement can be the

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At Physical Sense, hands-on techniques

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The client also gets a home exercise

program designed to mobilize and stretch

the joint, strengthen the important core

muscles and increase general strength and

SHOULDER

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(the crosses are the areas of the muscle spasms, the red areas is where the pain is felt)

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In many cases having the muscles

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RAY WHITE PAPANUI NEWS

How to Keep Things Under Control When Buying Property

Home buyers this is some unusual

sounding advice, but don’t worry, keep

reading until the end and it will all make

perfect sense.

When working with clients looking to

buy a property I often suggest they shop

considerably UNDER the budget they

have been pre-approved to by the bank.

Let me tell you why. For example if

you are pre-approved by the bank to

$450,000, don’t look at houses you

hope are going to sell for that. Instead,

look at houses at a much lower price

bracket, such as the late $300,000s

range. This way you can confidently

shop for property in your actual budget

and not always miss out by a little to

another with $5,000 or $10,000 more

to spend than you.

Using this strategy you will be able

to comfortably afford the mortgage

and with your extra budget leftover

you can always add value and

improvements to a lesser value

property versus maxing yourself out

at the top of

your budget with

nothing to spare.

I told you it would

all make sense by

the end!

Happy house

shopping and

remember I’m only

a message away

if I can help in any

way with your real

estate journey.

Vanessa Golightly,

Business Owner

and Licensee Agent

Ray White Papanui

027 664 9292

“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of everything”

Vanessa Golightly

Licensee Agent &

Business Owner

027 664 9292

Claire Morris

Licensee Agent &

Business Owner

027 662 4822

Healthy Homes | Heating Standards | It’s Heating Up!

As we continue working towards

compliance with the Healthy Homes

standards, with statements required

by 1st December this year, and

compliance by 1st July 2021, we have

come across a real issue with the

heating requirements.

Tenancy Services have produced a

calculator which they have online if you

want to take a look. Essentially you

fill in the dimensions of the room with

some further information, like number

of windows, is it double glazed etc.

Once you have entered these details it

calculates the minimum KW of the heater

required to heat the main living room up

to the minimum of 18 degrees C.

This should be simple, right? Well

apparently not! There are two very

real problems here. 1. Because there

is no minimum heat standard in the

building code, some new homes (less

than 5 years old) are, when the online

calculator is used, not complying with

the Healthy Home Standard.

2. Professional, experienced and

qualified heat pump installers are

installing a heatpump using their own

calculations, and to the manufacturers

standards, and again these are

sometimes not measuring up!

Just Sold

There are a myriad of issues here.

Sometimes the calculator means that

a huge (commercial grade) heatpump

is required, but this will likely mean

that because it is installed outside the

guidelines of the manufacturer, that the

warranty won’t apply. Plus of course, if

the heatpump is too large for the space,

it will not perform properly, and could

cost the tenants a lot in electricity.

So what do we do? Well that seems

to be the million dollar question. I

am working with heating specialists,

healthy homes companies and

legislation experts to see how we can

make this work for both tenants and

landlords. I have discovered that you

can install an extra heater (fixed to a

wall), up to a maximum of 1.5KW in

order to comply, but that will only help

in some cases. I will of course keep

working to come up with a solution, and

will keep you posted on that once I do.

In the meantime if you have any

questions, feel free to contact me.

Katrina Green,

Operations Manager

Property Management

027 606 0030

Stuart Morris

Licensee Agent

& Auctioneer

027 422 6395

Tracy Thomson

Licensee Salesperson

027 440 3035

Ashleigh Pattullo

Licensee Salesperson

027 865 9672

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Katrina Green

Operations Manager

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027 606 0030

Tania Ikin

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Olivia Hendry

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Estelle Schuurman

Property Manager

Allie McConnell

Property Management

Assistant

Joy Coughlan

Mortgage Broker

027 223 3572

178 Sawyers Arms Road, Bishopdale

Tracy Thomson

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