Housing New Zealand area manager tenancy services Kate
Milton and Dunedin Curtain Bank chairwoman Virginia Driver
are combining their efforts to warm up state houses. Photo
by Dan Hutchinson.
Housing New Zealand Corporation has accepted an offer
from a Dunedin charity to put curtains in the city's state
Area manager tenancy services Kate Milton said until May last
year, the corporation did not provide curtains with their
houses, so there were many tenants without them.
Late last year, the Dunedin Curtain Bank had a big surplus of
thermal drapes and had offered to put them in Housing New
Zealand's houses, she said.
Dunedin Curtain Bank chairwoman Virginia Driver said thermal
drapes were ''better than double glazing'' when it came to
preventing heat loss.
She had come across many people using whatever they could as
curtains with sheets or blankets quite common.
Mrs Driver said Housing New Zealand's clients were ''our
customers too'' and they had offered to fit thermal curtains
for those who needed them.
Their stocks of curtains had dwindled considerably since
Housing New Zealand began promoting the service to its 1451
Dunedin tenants late last year.
''We have 119 houses on the waiting list at the moment. We
will need more curtains,'' Mrs Driver said.
The curtain bank receives a lot of its second-hand curtains
from builders and interior designers, as well as donations
from the general public.
Volunteers would also sew linings on to existing curtains. Ms
Milton said Housing New Zealand had been working on improving
the warmth of state homes since 2001.
In that time, ceiling and underfloor insulation had been
installed in almost all of the 1451 Dunedin state houses,
with only one still to be done.
She said the standard for new properties and those being
refurbished had changed in May last year and now included