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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





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

Recent News

  • Professor David Ormandy talks to Kathryn Ryan about the Housing Health and Safety Rating System – a scheme he developed which has been used for over ten years and is credited with raising housing standards in England and Wales. The HHSRS has also been adopted in the U.S. and has inspired the University of Otago, He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme's rental warrant of fitness. David is also contributing to the early stages of the Grenfell Tower inquiry. Please Listen
  • Commissioned by Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford and released today, A Stocktake of New Zealand's Housing  assesses the entire housing continuum from home ownership and market renting, to state housing and homelessness, and the social cost of substandard housing. He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Programme Director Phillipa Howden-Chapman  is one of the report authors , she emphasised a widening gap between homeowners and renters, one that particularly hurt Pasifika people. "If you own a house, as half of New Zealand adults do, then you've done very well over the last decade. If you don't you haven't," Howden-Chapman said. Please Read for more details
  • He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme and NZ Center for Sustanable Cities will offer two short courses at Public Health Summer School University of Otago Please find the details
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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
  • Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • Orion
  • Solid Energy
  • Eastern Bay Energy Trust
  • MBIE