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.
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.
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:
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:
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.