The New Zealand Home Heating Association is a trade organisation, comprising most of NZ's leading manufacturers, retailers and installers of domestic wood burning appliances. The Association is dedicated to providing professional services and advice to its members and their customers.
Auckland Council has confirmed there is no ban on the use of indoor open fireplaces or wood burners in Auckland and has issued advice on efficient fuel use, in the wake of a spate of calls asking for advice about home fires.
“People can burn dry wood in their fireplaces and woodburners this winter. The most important thing is that people stay warm with heating they can afford,” says Kataraina Maki, General Manager, Community and Social Policy.
“We do see a spike in air pollution in the winter caused by home fires so, where possible,clean heating is the best option for all of us,” says Ms Maki.
For households that do use wood burners or open fires for home heating, the council offers the following advice on how to burn fuel more efficiently and minimise smoke pollution.
“It’s much more environmentally responsible to dispose of your rubbish and take building off-cuts to the tip, rather than smoking up your neighbourhood and polluting the air,” says Ms Maki.