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Home truths on climate change: Kiwi lifestyles will need to adapt as climate change bites harder


Alistair Hughes decided to go off-grid to save money – but many of his home’s features may soon become necessities as Kiwi households learn to cope with the changing climate. The Wairarapa homeowner has solar panels on his roof, water tanks in his garden, and a toilet which feeds into a worm farm, producing fertiliser.

In the six years since he moved to self reliance, he has witnessed the disruptions that droughts and other extreme weather events have caused to water and electrical supplies both around his home, and in Wellington, where he works as a graphic artist at Stuff. Read full article