NZ policy issues

Learning from the earthquakes: Community resilience, formation and housing in Christchurch

How did individuals and their communities respond following the 2010/11 Christchurch earthquakes? What has been learnt about how communities develop resilience, how they form, and the importance of house type and tenure in the wake of these events? We held a seminar on these questions with speakers Simon Kingham and Graciela Rivera-Muñoz. View the event video:

Posted in behaviour change and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 3 October 2016 – 7:54 am

Cycling and walking makes healthier NZ cities

A ground-breaking study of New Zealand’s six largest cities has drawn links between high rates of cycling and walking and their residents’ health.

Posted in health and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design on 25 August 2016 – 3:41 pm

Traffic-related air pollution: video and report

City residents are exposed to traffic-related air pollution, which affects respiratory and cardiovascular health and increases all-cause mortality. What does this mean for people in Wellington? Our medical students explore the issues in this video and report.

Posted in behaviour change and health and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 18 August 2016 – 12:52 pm

Cities of tomorrow – public panel discussion

What is the future for our cities? Kim Hill talks about the ideal green and sustainable city with French and New Zealand experts, including Philippa Howden-Chapman, director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities. Listen to the debate >>

Posted in news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 12 August 2016 – 4:14 pm

Are universities good for our cities?

Do universities and polytechnics lead to better economic outcomes in their local city? Eyal Apatov and Arthur Grimes have just released their study which sees higher education institutions as a form of infrastructure – with the potential to improve local productivity and amenities, attracting people and jobs.

Posted in NZ policy issues and research and urban governance on 4 August 2016 – 4:43 pm