research

Key factors for faster growing NZ towns and cities

Four key factors are behind New Zealand towns and cities with the fastest growing populations, according to a study by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, led by Arthur Grimes as part of the Resilient Urban Futures research programme. These are land-use capability, human capital, sunshine hours and proximity to Auckland.

Posted in NZ policy issues and research and urban governance on 5 January 2015 – 9:05 am

Housing and health team wins Prime Minister’s Science Prize

Congratulations to our fellow research group, the He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme, led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, who have won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

Posted in energy and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and video & audio on 3 December 2014 – 1:05 pm

Getting inspired about making cities more sustainable

Prompted by a Radio NZ programme (Tommy Honey, ‘Urbanist’, 22 September 2014), Ralph Chapman samples the range of interesting literature and journalism that has emerged in recent years about remaking cities to be more sustainable:

Posted in health and housing & building and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 26 November 2014 – 7:37 am

Urban air quality: Relationships between urban form, pollutant behaviour and population health

Experts from Europe and New Zealand discuss the latest research on ways to achieve sustainable improvements in air quality, with benefits for the health of urban residents. Video of the event:

Posted in health and news & events and research and urban design and video & audio on 4 November 2014 – 9:50 am

Urban growth plan

We made a submission to Wellington City Council on the Wellington Urban Growth Plan. In it, we discuss housing (health, affordability, density, and what people in Wellington prefer), open spaces, Māori and urban planning, transport and parking, plus suggestions on specific aspects of the plan.

Posted in housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance on 16 October 2014 – 9:48 am