Older woodburner fires, pre-2005, are now prohibited from use in Napier and Hastings in Hawke's Bay, and we provide a list of modern approved woodburners to help people upgrade.
From 2005 onwards, new fires have been manufactured to meet the new Government air quality standards. Older fires contribute to the air quality problem because they are less efficient and have higher pollutant emissions. HBRC rules state that non-compliant fires are or will be prohibited from use, and the older fires were phased out first.
However, HBRC can help with the cost of replacing these older wood burners with clean heat options. See our grants and loans page.
We recommend that you check whether your current fire is non-compliant, or will become non-compliant during the phase out until 2020. You can quickly check the compliant fires here.
We encourage ratepayers with non-compliant fires to access the funding available from HBRC (see Grants and Loans page), as it is available for a limited period of time while the programme runs. Alternatively you can stop using a non-compliant fire without replacing it.
City Councils keep records of permits for replacing fires from 2005 and ECCA (the Government funding agent) has records of all subsidy and grant applications since 2009 when the scheme was introduced. HBRC also has records of all loans and grants made. From this information we can see which properties have not accessed the funding to convert to clean heat or have applied for a permit.
Our priority at this stage is making sure homeowners are aware of what is required and what assistance is available. However, failure to comply with the rules could result in a fine of $300 as stipulated under the Resource Management Act.
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