Healthy Homes Happy Pockets
Healthy Homes, Happy Pockets was a series of events run by Upper Hutt City Council on the theme of saving money while looking after your family’s health and the environment at the same time.
We currently do not have any Healthy Homes, Happy Pockets events scheduled.
Links to related information including websites and contact information are provided below so you can learn about what has been covered in past workshops.
Budgeting and cutting household costs
Agape Budgeting Service
Provides a free in-home budgeting service. Phone 477 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living off the smell of an oily rag
New Zealand’s leading frugal living website, frugal living, living off a shoestring, saving money, cutting costs, eating cheaply and eating well. http://www.oilyrag.co.nz
For budgeting and making your own household cleaning products and cosmetics. http://pigtitsandparsleysauce.co.nz/
Neighbourhood trading systems
Wellington Independent Trading Systems (WITS) http://www.community-exchange.org/
New Zealand’s free independent money guide, run by the Retirement Commission. It’s a website full of calculators, information and resources to help you manage your personal finances throughout life. www.sorted.org.nz
Sustainable Living Education Trust
A service open to all to brush up on the basic skills needed to provide for oneself or for the family. www.supergrans.org.nz
Upper Hutt CAB(citizens advice bureau)
Provides a variety of free services including legal advice, budget advice, justice of the peace and general information. Phone 528 9040 or 0800 367 222, or email email@example.com They are based at 18 Logan St, Upper Hutt.
Energy and electricity
This site is full of practical information and advice to help you make energy efficient choices at home and on the road. EnergyWise also provide grants to help people insulate their houses, as well as other energy efficient measures. Visit www.energywise.govt.nz/
Home Energy Advice Centre
Provides impartial, free and expert advice to help you make smart energy choices at home. Phone 0800 388 588 or visit http://energyadvice.org.nz/
Get Growing by NZ Gardener
Out of our own backyards
Local Wellington workshops about how to “grow the soil that grows your garden” www.dirtdoctor.co.nz/page.php?id=77
Organic gardening and heritage varieties, seeds and advice. For information about permaculture and for an online shop for heritage seeds, visit the website www.koanga.org.nz/
Permaculture New Zealand
Permaculture is a way of gardening that mirrors natural ecosystems, leading to long-term benefits and high yields. For more information, visit www.permaculture.org.nz
Roofwater research centre
The aims of the Roof Water Research Centre is to generate, integrate, and disseminate information through research, education, and outreach activities that address safe and sustainable rainwater harvesting practices – http://roofwater.massey.ac.nz/
Amongst other services, Earthlink has a “Recycle to Retail” concept where they accept second hand items for repair and resale which are sold at the Earthlink Recycling Shop. You can get a great bargain on all sorts of household items including furniture, TVs, kitchenware and more. Earthlink also runs a Curtain Bank, providing quality second hand curtains to people on low incomes. For more information, visit www.earthlink.org.nz
Provide information and run a number of initiatives such as the Wellington Curtain Bank. www.sustaintrust.org.nz