NZ policy issues
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.
We held a seminar with Laurence Murphy, Ralph Chapman, Nick Preval and Ed Randal. Special Housing Areas are an important policy response to rising house prices and concerns about housing affordability. What are the implications for urban planning and growth, urban policies and politics, and environmental sustainability? View the event video:
What if walking, bicycling and public transport, instead of roads and highways, were at the heart of urban life? What if we started evaluating our cities based on a simple “8 80” rule: ensuring the safety and joy of children and older adults (from 8 year olds to 80 year olds) are at the forefront of our decision-making? How can we improve the quality of life for people of all ages amidst large demographic shifts? Gil Penalosa and Caroline Shaw talked about these questions at our seminar, now on video.
The Future of Wellington’s Bus Fleet is a new Centre for Sustainable Cities policy paper by Lucia Sobiecki and Ralph Chapman. It looks at a strategy for upgrading Wellington’s buses that is economical, environmentally sustainable, and healthy for people.
Philippa Howden-Chapman is Director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities and He Kainga Oranga / Housing and Health research programme. She spoke to OurAuckland about Auckland’s housing challenges and the hidden cost of our unhealthy rental homes.