Making building work safer, cheaper and easier

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Help is at hand to make safe and environmentally friendly renovation, repairs or demolition work easier and cheaper!

Natalie Absalom has joined the Council as a Case Manager for the Waste Minimisation project. She’s here for a year to help homeowner’s to reduce and recycle building waste generated by the earthquake and earthquake repairs.  She’ll also be helping people keep themselves and their families safe and reducing environmental impacts from hazardous chemicals including asbestos by making sure people know what to do.

“Renovations and demolitions come with a whole load of safety and environmental issues. I’m here to save people money – and to make sure they keep themselves and their environment healthy. Where there are asbestos issues I’m here to help with testing and removal. This might be through organising free tests, or helping people work with EQC to make sure the cost of asbestos removal is covered. It’s also the littler things, making sure people know what can and cant go to Innovative Waste and how to save themselves money when they get there, asking people not to dump or pour dangerous chemicals down the sink.”

“Kaikōura really prides itself on being environmentally sustainable. I’m here to help make sure that the earthquake affects that as little as possible and to help keep our water systems and home environments healthy,” she said.

Right now the message is simple – if you’re doing and work on your property, including demolishing it, get it touch with me and make sure you’ve looked at the Waste minimisation guidelines.”

Natalie can be contacted on 03 319-5026  or

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