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The Hawke's Bay Power Consumers' Trust are committed to helping families live in a warmer, drier,
healthier more energy efficient home.
This article is focusing on heating to give you some ideas on how you can live in a warmer home this winter.
Firstly, it is crucial to mention the importance of insulation. Without adequate insulation, all your effort to heat your home
will literally escape! Improving your home's ability to keep in the heat and the use of a clean, efficient heating system will
make your home more cost-effective to run and warmer and healthier to live in.
There are many energy efficient heating options for your home. For example, wood burners, pellet fires, heat pumps, and
flued gas heaters. Each heating scource has their own advantages and disadvantages; the choice will depend on your
home and family's needs.
It is important when choosing your heating solution to get as much non-biased information as possible to determine which
option is the most effective for you. Some aspects to consider when choosing your heating solution is whether it is the
right size for the space you want to heat, and whether it will be adequate when considering your insulation standard, the
size and type of windows in your home, and how cold it is where you live.
Here are some tips for heating your home...
• Heat one room at a time, this helps with the efficiency of the heating device.
• Look to heat areas to no more than a comfortable level; an ideal temperature is between 18-20 degrees. Investing in a
thermometer will help you to monitor this.
• Close your curtains before the sun goes down, this helps to trap the days heat in.
• Heat transfer kits can also be very effective to shift heat around the home.
But before looking into heating, get your insulation sorted! It will be much easier and more cost effective to heat when
your insulation is up to standard. If you are unsure whether your insulation meets the current standard, or if you are
considering investing in a new heating solutation and would like some free advice talk to the team at Energy Options on
0800 15 15 65 or 843 0130
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IronMaori founder hailed
Backing the Bay
by CRAIG FOSS Tukituki National MP
Leadership Week is an annual event that
highlights the importance of strong leader-
ship, as well as showcasing the work being
done to develop our nation s leadership capability.
I would like to congratulate Heather Skipworth
for winning a leadership award as a 2011 Emerg-
Two years ago, Heather founded the brand Iron-
From small beginnings of 288 competitors, this
year there will be 1500 athletes competing in the
IronMaori (2km swim, 90km cycle, 21km run).
Heather s passionate belief was that the half-
ironman event could make a difference to Maori
health and wellbeing.
It has been a phenomenal success with new
training groups springing up all around the
country and has now been extended to a duathlon
in Wellington next week.
Visit Heather s website by Googling IronMaori.
I had the privilege last Friday of presenting a
Peter Blake Leadership award and medal to
Hereworth School s head boy, William Gunson.
Congratulations William, this is a great achieve-
Recently Chris Tremain and I were present at
celebrations held at Government House to honour
the police and others who were involved in the
Napier siege caused by Jan Molenaar in May
Our police, St John and citizens demonstrated
huge courage and leadership during the siege.
From July 1 victims of crime will have access to
more services and support funded by the $50
Offender Levy, which all convicted offenders are
required to pay. Most of all, crime affects the vic-
tim. Victims and their families have to deal with
the emotional, physical and financial costs long
after a crime has been committed.
Later this year a Victims of Crime Reform Bill
will be introduced to allow victims to say more in
their victim impact statements and to be kept
better informed through the victim notification
The National Government was elected to
improve the justice system and address the impact
of crime on victims. The successful offender levy,
13 new services for victims, the victims centre and
the Victims of Crime Reform Bill will go a long
way to putting victims at the heart of the justice
Cool pool: Swim Heretaunga instructor
Kristy Edwards conducts a learn-to-swim
class at Flaxmere's Waterworld
More children in Flaxmere are learning to swim at
a council-owned facility which had 71,000
swimmers through its doors in the last 12 months.
Swim Heretaunga manages Waterworld and the
initial focus was to encourage Flaxmere schools to
make greater use of the complex.
In the first five months of this year, more than
7000 lessons have been provided to Flaxmere
school children with another 1500 lessons given to
children from other Hastings schools.
The lessons are taken by qualified staff
members and provide the children with the know-
ledge and skills to enable them to enjoy swimming
while staying safe in the water, says Flaxmere
Waterworld manager Reece Kennedy.
The second part of the strategy was to increase
the number of people attending public learn-to-
swim classes. The classes now attract up to 700
people each season, Mr Kennedy says.
The final part of the plan has seen the resurrec-
tion of the Heretaunga Swimming Club.
Today the club boasts a competitive member-
ship of around 110 swimmers and has four
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