Southland Warm Homes Trust

PowerNet provides administration and financial reporting services on behalf of the Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT).

The SWHT was formed in 2008 by the Southland Power Trust and Electricity Invercargill Limited. The SWHT, in association with the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), offers support for warmer, healthier homes by providing insulation and heating assessments and retrofits for Southland and West Otago homes.
The Trustees of the Southland Warm Homes Trust are Jim Hargest (Chair), Karen Arnold, Carl Findlater and Bret Highsted.

The SWHT current community funders are Electricity Invercargill Ltd, Southland Power Trust, The Power Company Ltd, PowerNet, The Invercargill City Council, Gore and Southland District Councils, Environment Southland, Community Trust of Southland, The Southern Trust, Guy Waddel Charitable Trust and NZ Oil and Gas. The Southland Times and Work and Income New Zealand have also provided indirect support for the project.

The SWHT acknowledge the support of both their present and past community funders, past funders include The Invercargill Licensing Trust and the ILT Foundation, Invercargill Te Ara a Kewa Health Trust, Southland Energy Efficiency Trust, Takitimu Health PHO Ltd, and Hokonui PHO. Their support has provided insulation and heating retrofits to over 6000 Southland and West Otago homes since 2008.

PowerNet provides administration and financial reporting services on behalf of the Southland Warm Homes Trust (SWHT).

Would you like to make your home cosy and healthy?

Please telephone Awarua Synergy on 0800 WARM SOUTH (0800 927 676) for all enquiries regarding insulation and heating packages. You can visit Awarua Synergy for more energy saving tips.

The funding that is available to households in Southland from EECA and the SWHT is as follows:


Insulation Package

How to Apply

Home Owners
All Southland houses built pre 2000
 Up to 33% or
Maximum of $1500
Complete the contact form
Home Owner
All Southland houses built pre 2000 with community services card
 Subsidy of 50%
25% from EECA
25% from SWHT
Must complete the following form
Rental Properties (*must meet criteria)
Tenants with Community Services Card Holder (CSC)
Low income plus respiratory conditions*
 Subsidy of 50%
25% from EECA
25% from SWHT
 Must complete both forms:
EECA Landlord Declaration form
EECA Tenant Declaration form
Once completed please email forms with photos of CSC card to
Rental Properties
Non CSC card holders
 Up to 33% or
Maximum of $1500
 Complete the contact form
  • * Be holder of a valid and current Community Services Card (CSC), or SuperGold Card with CSC endorsement, issued by the Ministry of Social Development (Work and Income/SuperGold Card Centre). OR 
  • * Have demonstrable income-related need and one or more of the occupants of the house has a referral from a registered medical practitioner (e.g. GP, hospital specialist), or a registered nurse (e.g. GP practice, hospital, community) stating that the occupant suffers from a respiratory illness

Please click on the links below to find out how to apply and/or for further information:

The SWHT contracts Awarua Synergy to carry out assessments and the installation of insulation and heating products on behalf of the Trust.  Under EECA’s Warm Up NZ Healthy Homes programme which came into effect on 1 July 2016, insulation is subsidized by 50% for eligible homeowners.  Landlords with eligible tenants are also included but will be required to make a contribution.  The Healthy Homes scheme targets those who stand to benefit most from having their homes insulated, those being low income households with high health needs, including families with children and the elderly.  EECA and SWHT provide 25% of the funding each, conditional upon the remaining 50% funding coming from the home owner or landlord.

Please contact the service provider:

Awarua Synergy
WARM SOUTH (0800 927 676)
117 Eye Street
PO Box 139
Invercargill 9840