housing & building

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

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

Kids in the city: Including children in an intensifying city

We held a lunchtime seminar: Kids in the City: Including children in an intensifying city. With: Karen Witten and Robin Kearns. Video now available:

Posted in behaviour change and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design and video & audio on 28 May 2015 – 3:10 pm

Medium-density housing and town centre plans

We support intensified residential development in Wellington. Our research suggests that there is a substantial unmet demand for medium and high density housing in the city, outlined in our submission to Wellington City Council.

Posted in climate change and housing & building and NZ policy issues and urban design and urban governance on 1 May 2015 – 2:09 pm

Seminar: Housing matters for health

Hear the highlights on housing and its effects on health from the research team that won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize, including our own Philippa Howden-Chapman. Time: Wednesday 15 April 2015, noon-1 pm, Place: Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre, Level D, University of Otago Wellington, 23a Mein Street, Newtown.

Posted in health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and urban design on 25 March 2015 – 7:42 am