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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 and Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment





The 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings Urban Environments: Energy, Housing and Health took place on 19th – 21st November 2018 and was a great success.

You can find links to the presentations (PDF form) on the website. Photos will follow soon.


Recent News

  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman says the new research added to growing awareness about the issue of elderly renters, which should be a wake-up call for policy makers. Please  Read for more details
  • One of our keynote speakers at the 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings, Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz was interviewed on Radio NZ during her flying visit to NZ. Professor Ürge-Vorsatz is the director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy at the Central European University in Budapest. She is also Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and contributed to the recently released IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. She spoke to Wallace Chapman on his Sunday Morning show about how buildings, both residential and commercial, contribute to climate change through their carbon emissions which are generated through electricity use. She explained how to turn this around through deep retro-fitting. Listen to Diana's interview.
  • We are offering two exciting one-day courses in February - Update on Rheumatic Fever prevention and control | WHO International Housing and Health Guidelines: Southern Hemisphere Launch. 12 February 2019, Update on Rheumatic Fever prevention and control This seminar-style course is for all those whose work involves rheumatic fever prevention and control, clinical management, surveillance and research and all those with an interest in this disease and child health. Catch up with the most recent research:
    • Burden of rheumatic fever (ARF and RHD)
    • Causes of rheumatic fever
    • Prevention of rheumatic fever
    • Treatment and management of ARF and RHD
    25 February 2019, WHO International Housing and Health Guidelines: Southern Hemisphere Launch The WHO Housing and Health guidelines synthesise the most recent evidence to provide practical recommendations to improve housing. What are the guidelines and what are their implications, nationally and internationally? This one-off symposium will provide an explanation of the guidelines, their rationale and recommendations. This event is a must for housing and environmental policy-makers, housing providers, the building and construction industry, and anyone else affected by or interested in the housing and related environments, and health. See the Public Health Summer School 2019 website for more information and to register
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