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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 was invited to speak at the Parliament at the 10th anniversary of  Prime Minister’s Science Prize, which He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme won 2014.
  • Professor Harrison Fraker, one of the keynote speakers at the International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings (ICEERB) held last year at the University of Otago, Wellington, was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon show. Professor Fraker spoke about the remediation of a neglected neighbourhood in Oakland, California where housing would have a 'deep energy retrofit' to turn it into an urban energy farm. Listen to the full interview.
  • On 25 February 2019 the WHO Housing & Health Guidelines had their Southern Hemisphere launch as part of the University of Otago, Wellington's Public Health Summer School. The new Guidelines bring together the most recent evidence to provide prarctical recommendations to improve poor housing conditions and relate to things like heating, crowding, and mould. Please listen to the interview that Dr Nathalie Röbbel and Lucy Telfar-Barnard gave on Nine-to-Noon following the Guidelines launch.  
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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
  • MBIE