Health Housing News and Events

25 Sep 2017

On Thursday 21st September, with the hours ticking down to election day, Unity Books played host to a timely and politically charged book launch. Philippa Howden-Chapman (co-editor alongside Lisa Early and Jenny Ombler) launched her book Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, Patterns & Possibilities to a hopeful and eager crowd. Lined up to speak were Mayor Justin Lester and Labour’s Grant Robertson who, as expected, delivered rousing speeches. AFTERGLOW: Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, Patterns & Possibilities by Philippa Howden-Chapman, Lisa Early & Jenny Ombler

 

22 Sep 2017

The rental WOF developed by Otago University  and the NZ Green Building Council was recently introduced by the Wellington City Council. The Rental WOF sets minimum standards for energy efficiency, health and safety for all residential rental properties, but  federation members think it will raise rents and make some landlords quit the market. Please read  Philippa Howden-Chapman: Without standards, renters get less for more

 

22 Sep 2017


Half of New Zealand’s renters report damp or mould problems with their homes, which can have negative health implications. Tenants in a newly upgraded social housing complex complained of being cold. Sealing strips around doors and baffles in rangehoods were installed. Please read our team members Phd candidate Lara Rangiwhetu, Dr Nevil Pierse & Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman’s new publication on  Effects of minor household interventions to block draughts on social housing temperatures: a before and after study

19 Sep 2017

A new book sets out important ideas for helping New Zealand cities resolve the challenges of providing quality, affordable housing, designing healthy transport systems and dealing with climate change.

Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities has multiple authors and was edited by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman, Jenny Ombler and Dr Lisa Early, of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, hosted at the University of Otago, Wellington. Please  Read for more details.

08 Sep 2017

The study by the University of Otago in Wellington compared the homes of 150 children who had visited their GPs for a first prescription of asthma medication with those of 300 children who had never experienced the wheezing associated with asthma.

Dr Caroline Shorter said while it had long been known that damp and mould made asthma worse, this was one of the first studies to show those conditions might actually be causing the illness.

Please read for more details.

Household mould could lead to asthma in children

Mould could be to blame for asthma, NZ study finds

Mould may trigger asthma

Research links mould to asthma

Study of 450 Wellington children finds mouldy, leaky homes cause asthma

Mouldy homes linked to asthma

 

 

 

04 Sep 2017

Nearly a third of New Zealand households struggle with “energy hardship” – paying their power bills, heating their home, mould and dampness.

The figure was released today by Statistics New Zealand in a first of its kind study, which also found the situation is much worse for renters and low-income families.

Professor Philippa Howden Chapman,  said her colleagues in the United States, Europe and Australia give energy hardship “a lot of attention, but this problem doesn’t appear in any energy policy documents in New Zealand”. Please Read here for more details

28 Aug 2017

Wellington’s voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness (WoF) scheme is now live, and bookings for assessments can be made via the Council’s website.

“We announced we were introducing the Rental Warrant of Fitness a few weeks ago, and the feedback we’ve received since then has been hugely positive,” says Mayor Justin Lester. Please Read here for more details

17 Aug 2017

Rental Warrant of Fitness for Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced.

“We want to lift rental standards in our city and make better accommodation available for people. Every Wellingtonian deserves a warm, dry home, says the Mayor. For more details Please  Read here

15 Aug 2017

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman of He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme, and Sustainability Trust chief executive Phil Squire talk to Radio New Zealand about landlords’ reluctance to install insulation in rental properties. Listen here

01 Aug 2017

Professor of public health at Otago University, Philippa Howden-Chapman (director of He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme)  said falling home affordability and rising rents in Northland would accelerate the movement of low-income families, mostly young Maori with children, from house to house.   Please Read for  more details.