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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

Video: Positive urban regeneration

Kim van Sparrentak gave a seminar on positive urban regeneration, looking at examples in Sweden and the Netherlands. View online

Posted in news & events and research and urban governance and video & audio on 8 July 2015 – 3:27 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

Video: Increasing walking and cycling in NZ cities

Michael Keall and Ralph Chapman speak about our new study showing that the Model Communities Programme, which provided government funding for walking and cycling in two NZ cities, has been successful in stopping the general decline in healthy, active travel. Sarah Free discusses Wellington’s progress on cycling infrastructure.

Posted in behaviour change and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 25 March 2015 – 8:27 am

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