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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

Recent News

  • Dr Elinor Chisholm talks to Radio New Zealand about the consequences of banning letting fees for renters. Read here.
  • MBIE funded Housing First programme--PhD Studentship Opportunity. Homelessness among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgenda, Intersex and Queer People: understanding the experience and developing holistic solutions. This project is part of the MBIE funded Housing First programme, and comes with a $30K scholarship for 3 years. Experience of LGBTIQ issues is required Please  Read  for more details.
  • OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: New Zealand 2017 on New Zealand’s environmental performance warns that the country’s growth is starting to show environmental limits, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater contamination and threats to biodiversity. Please Read here for NZ expert reaction
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Our Sponsors

  • 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
  • Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • Orion
  • Solid Energy
  • Eastern Bay Energy Trust