We currently have 16 member organisations most of which are not-for-profit charitable entities, each with a slightly different focus but all with a committment to responding to the needs of their local community and NZ society.
This includes helping people have healthier homes, addressing Fuel Poverty, community economic development and environmental sustainability. This diversity of experience brings strength to the Network as we collectively pursue a common goal.
He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust
He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust is based in Moerewa in the Far North. The Trust formed in the early 1980s as a response to growing unemployment in the area, and has a strong commitment to community development. The Trust carries out housing insulation and heating retrofits as part of the Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau joint venture partnership with CBEC (below). They also deliver a range of other initiatives such as alternative education programmes and running the local cafe.
Community Business and Environment Centre (CBEC)
CBEC is a community enterprise based in Kaitaia in the Far North. They run a range of businesses and environmental programmes; such as community recycling, a plant nursery and conservation corps to help build sustainable local economies . CBEC was formed in 1989 in response to the impacts of New Zealand’s mid 1980s economic reforms. With He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust CBEC installs insulation and heating as part of the Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau joint venture.
Child Poverty Action Group
Auckland office, nationwide
Child Poverty Action Group is an independent national charity working to eliminate child poverty in New Zealand through research, education and advocacy. CPAG was formed in 1994 out of deep concern for the rising level of poverty in New Zealand and its effects on children. There are approximately 2,000 members and supports across the country including leading academics, doctors, teachers, health workers, community workers and many other people concerned about the poorest children in New Zealand society.
CPAG works on behalf of the 270,000 New Zealand children (just under one sixteenth of the country’s total population) whose well-being and future is compromised by their meagre standard of living.
Eco Matters Environment Trust
Eco Matters Environment Trust is a Charitable Trust based in West Auckland. Their mission is household and community sustainability. EcoMatters services the Auckland region and has a proven track record in energy efficiency, water conservation, waste minimisation, bio-diversity restoration and environmental education. Eco Matters offer energy and sustainability advice through their Do Ya Bit advice line.
VisionWest Community Trust
Glen Eden, West Auckland
The VisionWest Curtain Bank was established in April 2011 in response to an identified need for people to have warmer and healthier homes.
Greenstar Energy Solutions
Otahuhu, South Auckland
Greenstar Energy Solutions are a Maori and Pacfici Island owned home insulation company based in Otatuhu, South Auckland. We are proud to be a Registered Service Provider delivering home insulation for the Energywise® Warm Up NZ Programme. We are a dynamic progressive enterprise, creating employment and training opportunities for our young people.
GK Services provides operational, project, contract and financial management services to the community enterprise sector, mainly in the recycling and energy sector, as well as currently installing insulation in the Waikato. Key clients have included CBEC in Kaitaia, Wanaka Wastebusters and Xtreme Waste in Raglan. Gary is also still involved with the Healthy Homes Tai Tokerau project – which has now retrofitted over 5,000 homes in Northland.
Heavy Duty Curtains
Heavy Duty Curtains is a small business based in North Waikato, passionate about their work and with a strong emphasis on quality, durability, efficiency and service, installing curtains from Kaitaia to Wellington.
The majority of their work is in the housing sector with a long track record of involvement with Housing NZ and new relationships with affordable and shared equity Housing providers. The alignment of Heavy Duty Curtains with CEN is due to the great synergies and knowledge sharing opportunities to be had; there is a groundswell of activity building up with people turning their ideas and experience into real positive outcomes for others in our communities.
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Sustainability Options (SO) is an altruistic business with community, social and environmental concerns at the top of its strategic goals. Based in the Bay of Plenty, Sustainability Options promotes and offers a range of sustainable & ethical living solutions – giving advice on Energy conservation & efficiency, Water conservation, Waste minimisation and Environmental care.
Papakainga Solutions Limited
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
PSL is a consultancy company experienced in project co-ordination of Papakainga, residential and commercial property development on Maori and General land, providing consulting services to Maori land trusts and Incorporations; Central and local Government; individual property owners.
WISE Better Homes
Waitara Initiatives Supporting Employment Trust (WISE) is a not-for-profit community based service, which has created employment initiatives in Taranaki since 1999. WISE deliver site maintenance services to companies in the oil and gas industry and under their trading arm Better Homes deliver retrofitted insulation to houses in Taranaki under the government’s Warm Up New Zealand programme. Betters homes work in Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu and Horowhenua.
Sustainability Trust was established in 2003 and launched the Wellington Region Environment Centre as its first programme. The Trust works with households and communities providing practical services, advice and outreach over a variety of focus areas including waste, water, energy, biodiversity, gardening and transport. Sustainability Trust has been an EnergyWise provider (for subsidised insulation and heating) since 2004, and runs the Sustainability Trust Advice Centre.
Community Housing Aotearoa
Wellington office, nationwide
Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is the representative body that binds New Zealand’s community housing sector together. It advocates on the sector’s behalf to Government and others. It builds the reputation of the sector by showcasing its achievements and reinforcing its business and community models.
Community Energy Action
Community Energy Action is a Charitable Trust established in 1994, working throughout Canterbury north of the Rakaia River. Their main objective is to achieve warm and healthy homes for all, regardless of income and their core activity is the installation of insulation. Community Energy Action delivers programmes targeting the vulnerable elderly and very young. They also provide free home energy education to community groups, a curtain bank service, sell energy efficiency products and act as an advocate on fuel poverty. Community Energy Action hosts the Canterbury Home Energy Advice Centre.
Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust
Blueskin Bay, Dunedin
Established in 2006, the Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust (BRCT) emerged out of momentum produced by community initiatives in the Blueskin Bay area, and emerged to fill the need of a legal body in support of local initiatives. Four main areas are BRCT focus: Energy (including transport), Food, Local Economy and Education. Currently the Blueskin Energy Project (BEP) is the most significant project area. Each initiative is concerned in different ways with making the transition to a more resilient way of doing things by facilitating a positive, healthy, secure and resilient future for Blueskin Bay and North Coast communities while promoting sustainable resource use.
Awarua Synergy was created out of the Bluff Healthy Homes project, run by Awarua Research and Development, which is a subsidiary of the Te Runaka o Awarua Charitable Trust. The project worked to ensure the people of Bluff have protection against the cold winter climate, insulating more than half the homes in New Zealand’s southernmost town, as well as providing one-on-one home education packages to help people unlock the benefits of energy efficiency, more eco-friendly heating, and sustainable living. Bluff Healthy Homes was so successful that we were encouraged to offer some of its best products, services and ideas to the great people of Southland