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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

  • 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings Urban Environments: Energy, Housing and Health 19th - 21st November 2018

    In 2018 the 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings comes to Wellington, New Zealand, with an overarching theme of housing sustainability in urban areas. Energy efficient housing is an essential component of urban initiatives to mitigate carbon emissions. With urbanisation increasing rapidly (almost 60% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2030), and climate change posing a serious challenge, it is imperative that the sustainability of new and existing urban housing is optimised, not only to cut emissions but to also improve the health of residents, increase liveability and well-being, optimise urban spaces, and ensure that residential buildings and the natural ecosystems that support urban environments are able to coexist. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals include Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. What role does residential building play in meeting these goals by 2030? Conference topics include: - Urban design - Housing and health - Housing and Energy - Upgrading existing housing - Housing and climate change mitigation - The Sustainable Development Goals and housing Abstracts will be considered from a wide range of themes that address the broad focus of this conference. The conference is an exciting opportunity to exchange research ideas, to engage with industry and government, and to envision what a sustainable urban future will be for housing. The conference will be held at the University of Otago Wellington, 23a Mein Street Newtown, Wellington New Zealand. For more information contact emily.bentley@otago.ac.nz  
  • 'Leaky buildings and Hidden Mould.' Philippa Howden-Chapman talks about the health costs of leaky, damp buildings. Read here.
  • Dr Elinor Chisholm and Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme have written a blog looking at the relationship between health and Sustainable Development Goals. Their piece, "Health as a critical enabler and outcome of achieving the SDGs" is featured on the UN website. Read here
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  • 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
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