Otago has a colder climate and comparatively older housing stock than other regions of New Zealand. Many homes are poorly insulated or lack insulation altogether, leading to cold, damp conditions that impact health and wellbeing, and higher energy costs.
Cosy Homes allows various groups with a stake in improving Dunedin and Otago homes to work more effectively and achieve greater impact.
Who We Are
Board of Trustees
Dr Marion Poore, Medical Director & Public Health Physician, Southern District Health Board [Retired]
Scott Willis, Manager, Blueskin Resilient Communities Trust
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Cosy Homes grew out of a desire to pool the existing resources of organisations working on improving housing, and to work more effectively to make Otago homes warmer, drier, healthier and more comfortable.
A 2013 Cosy Homes Symposium attracted representatives of 76 national, regional and local entities including social service providers, community groups, healthcare providers, funders, government agencies and educational institutions. From this symposium, a steering group was formed to further the jointly developed vision of "everyone lives in a warm and healthy home" with a goal of achieving this vision by 2025.
The steering group appointed a governance board, which now forms the Board of Trustees of Cosy Homes, a registered charitable trust and registered charity.
In 2016, Cosy Homes employed its first staff member, a Project Manager who coordinates healthy homes efforts across Otago, provides education, and advocates for policy change and financial resources that promote healthier, more energy efficient housing across Otago.