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He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme, examines and clarifies the links between Housing and Health. Although the association between poor housing and ill health is known, the links that make up the causal chain have until recently been poorly understood.

Conducting our own studies and examining existing evidence enables us to identify and evaluate housing-related interventions to improve individual, family and community health. Our multi-disciplinary team has expertise in both qualitative and quantative disciplines.

We are based in the University of Otago, Wellington. We are funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Recent News

  • Celebrating the insulation of 10,000 healthier homes and creating 300 Jobs. This is our Story. Visit the Betterhomes website.
  • The World Health Organisation recommends a room temperature of 18 degrees and 20 degrees if children, older people, or people who are unwell in the home. Keeping bedrooms warm at night (minimum 18 degrees) is particularly important to protect lung health and prevent hospital admissions for illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, rheumatic fever. Read More about Healthy Housing Porirua Pilot
  • The Tenancy Tribunal, the "court" for households which rent, has been dubbed a toothless kitten. Sky-high house prices mean a growing number of households are now long-term renters, and that is elevating the importance of the Tenancy Tribunal in the money lives of ordinary families. But, in her latest book Home Truths prize-winning researcher Philippa Howden-Chapman's called the tribunal: "A toothless kitten designed to do very little for the tenant and even less to encourage landlords to improve their offerings." Please  Read More  NZ's Tenancy Tribunal a 'toothless kitten' 
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  • Health Research Council on New Zealand
  • Contact Energy
  • Wellington City Council
  • ACC Home Safety
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Housing New Zealand
  • Capital Coast DHB
  • Department of Buliding and Housing
  • Hutt Valley District Health Board
  • Hutt Mana Charitable Trust
  • MARIA - Metering and Reconciliation Information Agreement
  • Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • Orion
  • Solid Energy
  • Eastern Bay Energy Trust