Health Housing News and Events

14 Feb 2019

Victoria University of Wellington has published a study showing that elderly New Zealanders living in rentals had poorer health, compared with elderly home owners.

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman says the new research added to growing awareness about the issue of elderly renters, which should be a wake-up call for policy makers.

Please read for more details

20 Dec 2018

One of our keynote speakers at the 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings, Professor Diana Ürge-Vorsatz was interviewed on Radio NZ during her flying visit to NZ.

Professor Ürge-Vorsatz is the director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy at the Central European University in Budapest. She is also Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and contributed to the recently released IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.

She spoke to Wallace Chapman on his Sunday Morning show about how buildings, both residential and commercial, contribute to climate change through their carbon emissions which are generated through electricity use. She explained how to turn this around through deep retro-fitting. Listen to Diana’s interview.

20 Dec 2018

We are offering two exciting one-day courses in February – Update on Rheumatic Fever prevention and control | WHO International Housing and Health Guidelines: Southern Hemisphere Launch.


06 Mar 2018

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

12 Feb 2018

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

20 Dec 2017

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

13 Nov 2017

The Housing First model has taken around 1000 people off the street and put them into houses in Hamilton and Auckland in the last three years.  Please watch   Finding a home,

with comments from Associate Professor Nevil Pierse who is leading” Housing First’ Programme (funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment)

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