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Clean up the air for improved health

The Rotorua urban area (see orange zone in map below) regularly exceeds the National Environmental Standards for Air Quality in the winter. The main cause of our poor air quality is smoke from home heating fires. The most vulnerable to the negative effects of air pollution are the very young, the elderly and those who already suffer from respiratory conditions such as asthma.

Rotorua Urban Airshed Boundary


Want new heating but can't afford it?

Free heating is available for some low-income property owners whose properties are in the Rotorua urban area and have old wood burners to exchange.  Look at the following options: 

Low-income wood burner and heat pump grants 

Hot Swap Rates Rebate qualifier grants


Replacement heating and insulation options available

The Hot Swap Scheme allows property owners to swap old wood burners for new heating and insulate their homes. Rotorua urban landlords and owner-occupiers can put the cost onto the rates and pay it off over ten years.

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