Drop-in sessions for Waimate and Geraldine wood burner deadline

From 1 January 2020, older style wood burners can no longer be used in Waimate and Geraldine clean air zones,  on properties smaller than two hectares.

Older style burners can be replaced with a low or ultra-low emission burner, and those can be used with no expiry date.

Drop-in sessions

Drop in sessions are scheduled in each town for early November, where residents can come and find out more about the requirements, subsidies and other help available:

Drop-in sessions in both towns were previously held at the end of August. Environment Canterbury senior air quality implementation officer Mark Bourassa said he was pleased with how many people from both communities stopped by to have their questions answered. 

“We were able to provide answers to many questions from the communities regarding replacement log burners, heat pumps, subsidies, and Healthier Homes Canterbury,” he said.

“We’ve been carrying out follow up visits to people’s households where needed, to help them determine what type of log burner is currently in place, and what action, if any, they need to take before the deadline.

“In one instance, we were able to confirm for a customer that they are already using a low-emission wood burner and therefore don’t need to take any action before the 1 January 2020 deadline.”

Financial assistance advice

Mark has also found that many people are after advice about the type of financial assistance the may be eligible for. 

“At times, there are subsidies available for those who meet eligibility criteria and we can offer assistance through Healthier Homes Canterbury where eligible homeowners can get an advance on their rates. We can also provide advice on the support available through other agencies like EECA, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.  

“We encourage people to come and chat with us if they would like financial assistance and need some help figuring it out.”

In certain circumstances, a temporary waiver may be provided, such as for age or health reasons. 

“We don’t want anyone to worry about being cold in their homes next winter. No matter your circumstances, please come and see us at one of the drop-in sessions or get in touch at a time that suits,” said Bourassa.

More information

Finding advice 

It’s easy to apply for financial help. To find out about the home heating rules visit our home heating page, call 0800 329 276 or go to the Energy Smart website if you want to install a heat pump instead of a wood burner. 

Read more about authorised wood burners and financial assistance

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