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THE WELLINGTONIAN, JUNE 28, 2012
As the chill of winter takes hold,
nd out how you can make your
house warmer and drier -- and
cut your power bills.
Under Wellington City
Council's home energy saver
programme, you can get a free
two-hour assessment of how your
home rates when it comes to
Our service provider Home&dry
will give you impartial advice
and simple tips on heating,
insulation, lighting and water
use -- and a detailed action plan
suited to your needs, for things
you can do now and plan for in
The assessor will also bring with
them a range of easy-to-install
products -- such as low- ow
shower heads, hot water pipe
lagging, draught excluders and
energy e cient light bulbs -- and
install these on the spot if you
want them to. The Council will
Warm up your home this winter and save on energy costs
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Jonathan Parker from Home&dry join forces to install a draught excluder.
pay 50 percent of the cost of these
products up to a total of $115.
Mayor Celia Wade-Brown had her
home assessed earlier this year
and she highly recommends it to
other Wellington homeowners.
"We had already installed
insulation to keep our house
warm, but the assessment
showed there were still things
we could do to cut costs and
"An improved low- ow shower
head was installed on the spot,
which gives a decent and e cient
shower, as well as lagging on
hot water pipes and a draught
excluder on our south-facing
The home energy saver
programme is part of the
Council's award-winning Climate
Change Action Plan. Over 400
homes have been assessed since
the programme was launched in
August last year.
Michelle Isaac and her family
recently had their home assessed.
Following the recommendations
in their action plan, they went on
to insulate the ceiling and install
a 'ground vapour barrier' -- heavy
black polythene laid onto the
earth under the house.
"The house is de nitely warmer
since we had this work done",
says Michelle. "The assessment
helped us to identify the things
we should do rst and which
would make a real di erence."
Mayor Wade-Brown says
insulation and double glazing go
a long way towards a healthier,
e cient home but can be a big
cost for households.
You can apply for help with
insulation and energy-e cient
heating systems through the
Government's Warm Up New
Zealand: Heat Smart scheme.
Book your free home assessment today
-- email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 0508 466 363.
If you were in the care
of the State before 1992
and have concerns about
your experiences ....
You now have the chance to be heard,
in confidence, by a panel of qualified
people who will be visiting your area.
Talking with the Panel will provide an opportun
for you to share your concerns. The Panel will
listen and where needed a tailored package
of assistance can be offered.
State care includes children's homes, foster care
the special education sector, health camps
and other residential health facilities.
For more information
call our freephone: 0800 356 567
or write to us at PO Box 5939
Lambton Quay, Wellington 6145.
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DON'T MISS OUT
Starting young: Young martial artist Joshua
Richards-Wylie trains for his forthcoming black belt
Photo: ADRIANA WEBER
By ADRIANA WEBER
Joshua Richards-Wylie hopes to enter exclusive
territory by passing his black belt test at the
South Wellington Seido Karate Club on Saturday.
The 14-year-old Wellington High school
student's grading test will take up to four hours
and will involve more than 60 different karate
defence and attack moves.
If successful, he will become a black belt, the
highest of the nine ranks in karate.
South Wellington Seido Karate Club trainer
Tony Gaeta said Joshua was one of few students
to attempt such a high level at such a young age.
Kids like Joshua are an inspiration,'' Gaeta
Joshua, who has practised karate for the past
41G2 years, said he had mixed feelings about the
grading. I'm nervous and excited at the same
time. It's a mixture of the two.''
He said that after he gained his black belt he
would try to work his way up the black belt ranks.
I aim to go as high as I can. Maybe even become
a trainer and open my own dojo [karate studio].''
He said that when he started seido karate he
had no idea he would learn so much from it.
I joined because I thought martial arts was the
cool thing to do, but then I realised it was so much
more than that. It teaches you so much; respect
and discipline and much more,'' he said.
Joshua said he was not concerned about his age
influencing his grading performance.
It's not about your age, it's about your determi-
nation,'' he said.
If you are really determined and really want it
then you can accomplish anything. I'm really
Byron Williams, a 19-year-old law student, is
also taking the black belt test on Saturday.
He said he admired Joshua for doing so well at
such a young age.
It's crazy. He's so young, but so talented. I'm
worried that he'll upstage me when I'm grading
alongside him,'' he said.
The grading tests will be held at the South
Wellington Seido Karate Club, Berhampore, June
30, from 9am. The public is welcome to attend.
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