Heet cools its heels for now

AARON LEAMAN
Last updated 11:15 22/06/2012

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The chairwoman of a not-for-profit trust focused on making homes healthier and warmer says recent staff redundancies reflect tough economic times.

A restructuring of the Huntly Energy Efficiency Trust (Heet) has seen five jobs cut and its chairwoman, Shelley Lynch, take on general manager duties.

The charities register shows the trust employed 25 fulltime staff last year and one part-time. Records also reveal the trust was removed from the charities register in May this year after it failed to file its annual returns.

Mrs Lynch told the Waikato Times the restructuring was necessary.

"It's just a sign of the times and you've got to be sensible," she said.

"Heet was a brilliant initiative when it was first set up and it still is, but the market has changed.

"It's more difficult for us to compete with commercial businesses and our business had become top-heavy with administrators."

Work was under way to have Heet put back on the charities register.

"That's all back on track and we hope to be back on the register soon. It was an administrative glitch pure and simple."

Mrs Lynch said none of the axed positions were retrofitters – "the people that do the work".

aaron.leaman@waikatotimes.co.nz

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