The Government announced on Thursday 9th of July that every rental property in New Zealand will have to be insulated within four years. 
This is a great win for people power -- and shows what we can achieve.
Over 8,200 signed on to our campaign for warm, healthy homes, and with pressure from academics and the public outcry over the death of Emma-Lita Bourne  the Government have been forced to respond by introducing new rental housing policy that will ensure:
All rental properties must be insulated by July 2019, though exemptions apply to properties where it is physically impractical to retrofit insulation.
Smoke alarms must be installed in all rentals from July 2016, but tenants will be responsible for replacing batteries and notifying landlords of defects.
New powers to prosecute landlords for breaking tenancy regulations, particularly where there is risk to tenants' health and safety.
The changes also ensure tenants can take concerns to the Tenancy Tribunal without fear of retaliatory evictions.
This isn’t as far as a Warrant of Fitness for all homes - which is what experts such as Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman at the University of Otago have been calling for - but it shows that when we keep the pressure on we can move the Government in the right direction.
With each push we move them one step towards the country we are trying to create - a country that ensures no one suffers through another winter with a cold damp house.
Housing is such a big issue, with so many different areas. As an ActionStation member I need your help to work out our next steps on a campaign for the solutions to the housing crisis. If you’d like to be a part of our online discussion group sign up using the form, and I’ll notify you when it’s ready so we can start a more comprehensive discussion about what we can do as ActionStation members to start addressing the housing crisis.