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Come on Rotorua, let's clean the air

Rotorua has a wintertime air quality issue caused by smoke from home heating fires.

The smoke affects the health of our community, especially the young, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses. This is a Rotorua community health issue and each of us can play our part in cleaning up the air.

To improve Rotorua’s air quality the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has already helped lots of homeowners upgrade their old fires to cleaner-burning technology. This has made a difference but we still have a way to go.

The only way we will meet Government’s standards (for safe, breathable air) is to upgrade the remaining old solid fuel burners left in the city.

New rules make it illegal for you to use wood burners, multi-fuel burners and coal burners from 31 January 2020. If you own a legally established solid fuel burner that was installed before 2006, we have options to help you upgrade it.

We have two schemes available to help residents heat up their homes and clean up the air.

Click here for a health report titled 'The Growing Up in NZ Child Cohort Study'.


The Hot Swap Scheme 

You can use our Hot Swap Scheme to warm up your house with replacement heating and/or insulation.

To improve Rotorua’s air quality old wood burners can be “swapped” for heat pumps, infrared heaters, low and ultra-low emission wood burners.

Appliance supply and installation cost goes onto the property rates and can be paid back over ten years. Some loans are interest-free and some are interest-bearing.

Upgrade to the latest wood burner technology, to stay warm this winter

Watch the Ultra Low Emission Burner video.


The Low Income Heating Grant

 The Low-Income Heating Grant offers free heating upgrades to homeowners of limited means. A non-compliant, legally established wood or coal burner in a safe, operable condition, can be upgraded to either a heat pump or an ultra-low emission burner.

You may qualify for the Low Income Heating Grant if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The property is located in the Rotorua Airshed (see map to the right).
  • You are the legal property owner(s) and you live (permanently) in the property.(Holiday homes, rental properties, Estates and Trusts are excluded from this scheme).
  • Occupants must have a combined annual household income of $50,000 (gross) or less.
  • There must be a non-compliant, legally established wood or coal burner in the property.
  • The wood or coal burner must be in a safe, working condition.
  • The wood or coal burner should be the property’s only permanent form of heating in the main living area.
  • The occupant(s) must agree to remove any other non-compliant appliances that burn wood or coal i.e. chip heaters, Marshall heaters, cookers or coal ranges.

    To find out more about the Low Income Heating Grant call Bay of Plenty Regional Council between 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on 0800 884 880

Low-income wood burner and heat pump grants