Keeping Your Home Warm & Dry

Keeping Your Home Warm & Dry

Keeping your family healthy over winter means keeping your home warm and dry. Check out all the tips in the videos about how to keep your home warm and dry. Find out what support is available. 

Key tips for a warmer, drier home – 1/9 – Sleeping (English)

Key tips for a warmer, drier home.

Created by New Zealand's Ministry of Health.


Key points to remember about keeping your home warm and dry

  • create as much space to spread out around your home, rather than having to crowd in the same room
  • having more warm rooms and more sleeping spaces available means germs such as strep throat, which can lead to rheumatic fever, are less likely to spread
  • if you choose to follow even just a couple of tips, your home could be cheaper to heat and more comfortable to live in, and you will be helping to protect your family from health problems

How can I make my home warm and dry?

Watch the videos below to learn more about how to keep your home warm and dry:

You can also watch the videos in Māori and English, Samoan and English, and Tongan and English.

What help can I get to keep my home warm and dry?

There's help available with keeping your home warm and dry.

Check the Ministry of Health website for more information about the Healthy Homes Initiative - scroll to the bottom of the Ministry of Health's page for a map of Healthy Homes Initiative providers. You can find out where they are and how to contact them.

As an example of the kind of help some families may be able to get, check out Noho Ᾱhuru. Noho Ᾱhuru is a free service for Auckland families - it aims to support families to have warmer, drier and healthier homes. One of the team will visit families in their homes and identify any changes that could make the home warmer and drier. Noho Ᾱhuru are able to provide support and work alongside eligible families until the whole process is completed. Noho Ᾱhuru may be able to help with: insulation, ventilation, WINZ entitlements, emergency grants, budgeting services, curtains, bedding, heating, minor repairs etc. There are other providers in New Zealand - check if there's one in your area.  

The 11 district health boards involved in providing the Healthy Homes Initiative are:

Heating options

Get to know your heating options - Gen Less has advice on choosing heating options for your home.


Find out about getting your home insulated. 

Insulation keeps heat inside your home in winter, and keeps it out in summer. This makes it easier to warm your home.

You may be able to get subsided insulation installed through the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme.

To get a grant you will need to:

  • be the homeowner (owner-occupier) of a home built before 2008 AND
  • have a Community Services Card or SuperGold combo card, OR
  • own and be living in a home in an area identified as lower-income OR
  • be referred by the Healthy Homes Initiative

Some local or regional councils offer insulation deals - check with them to see what's available.

Get help from Work and Income

Some families may be able to get help from Work and Income to keep your home warm and healthy, or if your children are unwell.

Find out more about housing

This page last reviewed 12 October 2020.

Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 any time of the day or night for free health advice when you need it