May 2013

Heating homes properly out of reach for many

One in three New Zealanders can’t afford to heat their homes properly in winter, a survey shows. Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman said the results were in line with the University of Otago’s research. “Should we have standards for renting homes? I think we should. Why are so many people living in so many homes that are cold and damp?”

Posted in energy and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues on 23 May 2013 – 3:17 pm

Wellington City Council hears our smokefree proposal

University of Otago Wellington has made comments on the city’s Draft Annual Plan. Under our proposal, the city’s main shopping area could become the country’s first smokefree streets.

Posted in behaviour change and climate change and energy and health and housing & building and NZ policy issues and transport and urban design and urban governance on 23 May 2013 – 3:03 pm

Smart growth endorsed for Smart Capital: Todd Litman

Wellington’s planning must respond to changing demographics and community expectations, was the message delivered today by visiting transport expert Todd Litman.

Posted in news & events and transport and urban design on 21 May 2013 – 9:49 am

Forum: Increasing inequality – Causes, consequences and responses

Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Wellington, 18 July 2013 There has been much debate, both internationally and here in New Zealand, over why income inequality has increased across much of the developed world during the past few decades, whether it matters and what, if anything, should be done about it.

Posted in news & events and NZ policy issues on 17 May 2013 – 10:47 am

Proposal would help overcome fuel poverty

Fuel poverty is an increasing, but under-recognised cause of health problems in New Zealand, write Kimberley O’Sullivan and Philippa Howden-Chapman of the Centre for Sustainable Cities.

Posted in energy and health and housing & building and NZ policy issues on 3 May 2013 – 3:41 pm