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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.

Recent News

  • Latest statistics published by He Kainga Oranga show a rising level of homelessness in Aotearoa/New Zealand

    Please Read Severe housing deprivation in Aotearoa 2001-2013

  • Wellington | 28 - 29 July 2016
    The availability and affordability of housing is a prevalent issue in New Zealand and a pressing concern for the lower income. With property costing up to 9.7 times the average income, the high costs of housing is one of the leading drivers behind high levels of private indebtedness among New Zealanders. Whilst there appears to be consensus on the shortage of affordable homes in New Zealand, an integrated, multi-faceted approach is needed to fully explore and develop solutions-based policies and strategies to improve the housing crisis in New Zealand. Read More
    Photo 2 PHC affordable Housing Development Summit July 2016Photo PHC affordable Housing Development Summit July 2016
  • Half of New Zealanders rent the home they live in, often dealing with insecure tenure and poor quality housing. So what can we do about it? We'll ask Elinor Chisholm, Post Doc  at the University of Otago, Wellington who has recently completed a PhD looking at individual and collective action for healthy housing in New Zealand. Please Listen to Radio NZ
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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
  • MARIA - Metering and Reconciliation Information Agreement
  • Ministry of Health, New Zealand
  • Orion
  • Solid Energy
  • Eastern Bay Energy Trust