Dr Ben Schrader is an independent Wellington historian with expertise in Aotearoa New Zealand’s urban social, cultural, housing and environmental history. His book publications include: We Call it Home: A History of State Housing In New Zealand (Auckland, 2005) and the award-winning The Big Smoke: New Zealand Cities 1840-1920 (Wellington, 2016). He is presently researching a history of historic preservation in New Zealand and is a team member of the Royal Society-funded project on eviction being undertaken in the University of Otago‚Äôs Department of Public Health from 2018