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Improving the lives of New Zealanders since 2004

Our members have been improving the lives of New Zealanders through genuine community engagement and reach, since 2004. Members of the Community Energy Network, or CEN, have worked with over 80,000 vulnerable families. We can be found in just about every region in New Zealand, literally from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.

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Healthy Rental Certification

CEN members are able to provide Healthy Rental Certification assessments that give certainty to landlords that their rentals comply with the new Rental Tenancies Act regulations.

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Strengthening Communities Hui

The Community Energy Network (CEN),  Environment Hubs Aotearoa (EHA), and the Community Recycling Network (CRN) are working together to organise a Hui where our members and stakeholders will meet to discuss how we can improve our impact to make our communities stronger. This is the first time we will be running the Strengthening Communities Hui in September 2016!

People powered well-being, together

Tena koe, welcome!

CEN is a network of organisations dedicated to delivering effective energy-efficient solutions for warmer homes, job creation and healthier communities.

Our members have been improving the lives of New Zealanders through genuine community engagement and reach, since 2004. Members of the Community Energy Network, or CEN, have worked with over 80,000 vulnerable families. We can be found in just about every region in New Zealand, literally from Cape Reinga to the Bluff.

CEN is a charitable trust that is about working for good community based outcomes, not profit. We provide services that are transparent and fully accountable to the communities we work with, and our funders.

If you are a community funder, sponsor or a community-based organisation, you may be interested in how you can partner with us to develop programmes that have real grassroots results.

 If you live in a house that is often cold, damp, draughty or just too expensive to heat over winter, the CEN member in your region is the best place to go for advice and assistance. Your local CEN member runs programmes and services designed to help people and communities in your region.

Please have a look through the site and contact us if you have an enquiry or suggestion.


Together we have helped over:

85,150

Houses in New Zealand have better living conditions. We have been able to do this with the support and guidance of our members. If you need help with your home please find a member close to you.

How we've already helped...

Below are examples of how we have effectively helped families and businesses throughout New Zealand using our innovative and collaborative approach.

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No more cold house

Irene Tomlins, Invercargill, wanted to solve her problem of having a cold house.  Although as a family everyone grew up there and now her children have their own homes and families, Irene thought it …
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Tackling Rheumatic Fever

In deprived areas of NZ, there is a strong link between poor housing quality and rheumatic fever, a disease that can cause swelling of the heart, joints, brain, and skin, and can lead to permanent hea…
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Awarua Synergy

Margaret Black, Bluff, wanted to warm the Bluff Medical Centre and to eradicate signs of dampness.  Bluff Medical Centre has been around for 24 years and is run by nine Trustees. Awarua Synergy offer…
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Regional Funders

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How we can help you

These organisations have been set up to meet a large range of community needs, including:

Getting your curtains sorted

When people talk about insulation, curtains are often overlooked. That said, effective curtains that are installed properly will make a massive difference to how well a room performs.

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Right insulation to keep you warm

Putting ceiling and underfloor insulation into homes has been the bread and butter for many of our members since EECA announced the beginning of the Warm Up New Zealand Programme.

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Providing expert advice

Every home is different in terms of how it performs and what needs to be done to make it warmer, dryer and healthier for the people living in it. Having a highly experienced assessor makes a diference when deciding what to do next.

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Home Performance Advisor Training

Are you someone who loves getting into the detail of finding out why something works the way it does? Do you like understanding how parts of a whole interact with each other to deliver a final outcome?

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