Financial assistance

Woodburners are a great way to stay warm during winter; however, we know smoke from older-style log burners is the major contributor to urban air quality problems in many Canterbury towns. Because of this, we're phasing out older burners.

We acknowledge that replacing old log burners with new, cleaner forms of heating can be costly, so we have partnered with Community Energy Action Charitable Trust and EnergySmart to help homeowners in Clear Air Zones make the transition easier.

Our partners can assess your home or tenanted property for energy use, recommend heating options, provide advice on using your burner and produce a report on how to make your home warmer.

Financial assistance eligibility

If you are eligible for financial assistance, Community Energy Action Charitable Trust or EnergySmart (depending on where you live) will submit an application for insulation and heating funding on your behalf. You can check your eligibilty based on where you live in Canterbury using the drop-down menus below.

Rangiora eligibility

You or someone in your household (owner or tenant) must have one or more of the following:

  • a current Community Services Card; or
  • combined SuperGold Card and Community Services Card; or
  • just miss out on being eligible for a Community Services Card by $5,000 or less (IRD proof of income required); or
  • receive working for families assistance; or
  • receive a rates rebate for the current financial year; or
  • receive a disability support pension.

Health referrals in conjunction with demonstrable low income are also useful.

Your wood burner must be:

  • an older-style burner that is coming up to being 15 years old (due for replacement); and
  • situated in the main living area; and
  • there are no other heating sources (heat pump/gas fire/pellet fire) in the main living area.

Your property must:

  • be located in the Rangiora Clean Air Zone (visit Canterbury Maps if you’re not sure); and
  • not have previously received financial support from Environment Canterbury towards heating replacement.

You should contact: 

Kaiapoi eligibility

You or someone in your household (owner or tenant) must have one or more of the following:

  • a current Community Services Card; or
  • combined SuperGold Card and Community Services Card; or
  • just miss out on being eligible for a Community Services Card by $5,000 or less (IRD proof of income required); or
  • receive working for families assistance; or
  • receive a rates rebate for the current financial year; or
  • receive a disability support pension.

Health referrals in conjunction with demonstrable low income are also useful.

Your wood burner must be:

  • an older style burner that is coming up to being 15 years old (due for replacement); and
  • situated in the main living area; and
  • there are no other heating sources (heat pump/gas fire/pellet fire) in the main living area.

Your property must:

  • be located in the Kaiapoi Clean Air Zone (visit Canterbury Maps if you’re not sure); and
  • not have previously received financial support from Environment Canterbury towards heating replacement.

You should contact: 

Christchurch eligibility

You or someone in your household (owner or tenant) must have one or more of the following:

  • a current Community Services Card; or
  • combined SuperGold Card and Community Services Card; or
  • just miss out on being eligible for a Community Services Card by $5,000 or less (IRD proof of income required); or
  • receive working for families assistance; or
  • receive a rates rebate for the current financial year; or
  • receive a disability support pension.

Health referrals in conjunction with demonstrable low income are also useful.

Your wood burner must be:

  • an older style burner that is coming up to being 15 years old (due for replacement); and
  • situated in the main living area; and
  • there are no other heating sources (heat pump/gas fire/pellet fire) in the main living area.

Your property must:

  • be located in the Christchurch Clean Air Zone (visit Canterbury Maps if you’re not sure); and
  • not have previously received financial support from Environment Canterbury towards heating replacement.

You should contact: 

Ashburton eligibility

You or someone in your household (owner or tenant) must have one or more of the following:

  • a current Community Services Card; or
  • combined SuperGold Card and Community Services Card; or
  • just miss out on being eligible for a Community Services Card by $5,000 or less (IRD proof of income required); or
  • receive working for families assistance; or
  • receive a rates rebate for the current financial year; or
  • receive a disability support pension.

Health referrals in conjunction with demonstrable low income are also useful.

Your wood burner must be:

  • an older style burner that is coming up to being 15 years old (due for replacement); and
  • situated in the main living area; and
  • there are no other heating sources (heat pump/gas fire/pellet fire) in the main living area

Your property must:

  • be located in the Ashburton Clean Air Zone (visit Canterbury Maps if you’re not sure); and
  • not have previously received financial support from Environment Canterbury towards heating replacement.

You should contact: 

Geraldine eligibility

You or someone in your household (owner or tenant) must have one or more of the following:

  • a current Community Services Card; or
  • combined SuperGold Card and Community Services Card; or
  • just miss out on being eligible for a Community Services Card by $5,000 or less (IRD proof of income required); or
  • receive working for families assistance; or
  • receive a rates rebate for the current financial year; or
  • receive a disability support pension.

Health referrals in conjunction with demonstrable low income are also useful.

Your wood burner must be:

  • an older style burner that is coming up to being 15 years old (due for replacement); and
  • situated in the main living area; and
  • there are no other heating sources (heat pump/gas fire/pellet fire) in the main living area.

Your property must:

  • be located in the Geraldine Clean Air Zone (visit Canterbury Maps if you’re not sure); and
  • not have previously received financial support from Environment Canterbury towards heating replacement.

You should contact: 

Timaru eligibility

You or someone in your household (owner or tenant) must have one or more of the following:

  • a current Community Services Card; or
  • combined SuperGold Card and Community Services Card; or
  • just miss out on being eligible for a Community Services Card by $5,000 or less (IRD proof of income required); or
  • receive working for families assistance; or
  • receive a rates rebate for the current financial year; or
  • receive a disability support pension.

Health referrals in conjunction with demonstrable low income are also useful.

Your wood burner must be:

  • an older style burner that is coming up to being 15 years old (due for replacement); and
  • situated in the main living area; and
  • there are no other heating sources (heat pump/gas fire/pellet fire) in the main living area.

Your property must:

  • be located in the Timaru Clean Air Zone (visit Canterbury Maps if you’re not sure); and
  • not have previously received financial support from Environment Canterbury towards heating replacement.

You should contact: 

Waimate eligibility

You or someone in your household (owner or tenant) must have one or more of the following:

  • a current Community Services Card; or
  • combined SuperGold Card and Community Services Card; or
  • just miss out on being eligible for a Community Services Card by $5,000 or less (IRD proof of income required); or
  • receive working for families assistance; or
  • receive a rates rebate for the current financial year; or
  • receive a disability support pension.

Health referrals in conjunction with demonstrable low income are also useful.

Your wood burner must be:

  • an older style burner that is coming up to being 15 years old (due for replacement); and
  • situated in the main living area; and
  • there are no other heating sources (heat pump/gas fire/pellet fire) in the main living area.

Your property must:

  • be located in the Waimate Clean Air Zone (visit Canterbury Maps if you’re not sure); and
  • not have previously received financial support from Environment Canterbury towards heating replacement.

You should contact: 

I'm eligible — what next? 

You should contact customer servicesCommunity Energy Action Charitable Trust or EnergySmart to book a home energy check for your property. Your needs will be assessed and ways to proceed towards replacement will be discussed.

Applications for financial assistance can be made at any time and are assessed on a case by case basis. Subsidies range from $500 to $5000 and in some cases, may cover the full cost of replacing an older burner.

Waimate open fire swap out

Environment Canterbury and Waimate District Council partnered to help up to 40 Waimate households to upgrade their existing open fireplace or older style burner to a new Ultra Low Emission wood burner including installation, for FREE!

We have had a great response to this.

Applications have now closed and are being assessed.

We look forward to the successful applicants enjoying a warmer home this winter and for Waimate to enjoy a continuing improvement in air quality.

Unsuccessful applicants and others interested in low income financial assistance to upgrade their burner in the Waimate Clean Air Zone are referred to Environment Canterbury’s financial assistance programme (see above). Note that funds are limited.

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