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Green City Index: Wellington

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman and Guy Salmon, both researchers leading our Resilient Urban Futures programme, were part of the panel of global experts who advised on this assessment of the city’s environmental performance. See the results:

Posted in climate change and energy and housing & building and NZ policy issues and transport and urban design and urban governance on 21 June 2013 – 4:11 pm

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

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

Fuel poverty research: Pre-paid electricity meters

Families running out of credit or ‘self-disconnecting’ from pre-paid meters as a result of economic hardship has left children in the cold, a study by University of Otago researchers, recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, has revealed. Listen to this Radio NZ interview with Kim O’Sullivan, Otago University PhD student, who investigated the use of pre-paid power meters among predominantly less affluent families.

Posted in energy and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and video & audio on 18 March 2013 – 12:40 pm