Acting urgently on climate change: Ralph Chapman interviewed about his new book

In his new book, Ralph Chapman argues that we have only a small window of time before the pressures from climate change become too great for us to address them coherently. Time of Useful Consciousness is a practical call to action for NZ policy-makers and citizens, identifying steps that are urgent and critical for the creation of a green economy and a sustainable future.

Posted in climate change and news & events and NZ policy issues on 1 September 2015 – 1:24 pm

How to gain health benefits from urban improvements

Out now from our researchers – how improving the built environment, such as retrofitting houses or designing streets to encourage cycling and walking, can have significant impacts on our health and well-being.

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and health and housing & building and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 11 August 2015 – 5:04 pm

Seminar: Renewable energy urban futures – A global update

We warmly invite you to a seminar with Eric Martinot on Renewable Energy Urban Futures: A Global Update. Date: Tuesday 11th August, Place: Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre 3, Victoria University, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington; Time: 12:40 – 1:30 pm.

Posted in energy and news & events on 30 July 2015 – 1:06 pm

Video: Positive urban regeneration

Kim van Sparrentak gave a seminar on positive urban regeneration, looking at examples in Sweden and the Netherlands. View online

Posted in news & events and research and urban governance and video & audio on 8 July 2015 – 3:27 pm

New study to boost children’s health by improving housing

Our home is where we spend the most time, it can be our main capital asset, and the home environment is of huge importance for our health. Young children who spend most of their time inside the home are especially vulnerable. He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme, has received a $4.9 million grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand to help improve housing stock – particularly rental properties – for the sake of our children’s health.

Posted in health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research on 19 June 2015 – 2:27 pm