Health Housing News and Events

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.

11 Jul 2017

‘Leaky buildings and Hidden Mould.’ Philippa Howden-Chapman talks about the health costs of leaky, damp buildings. Read here.

11 Jul 2017

Dr Elinor Chisholm and Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme have written a blog looking at the relationship between health and Sustainable Development Goals. Their piece, “Health as a critical enabler and outcome of achieving the SDGs” is featured on the UN website. Read here

21 Jun 2017

The Housing First Project (funded by MBIE) PhD student Clare Aspinall appeared on The Nation to discuss the housing shortage and substandard boarding house accommodation in Auckland. Follow the link to view Clare’s interview and the full feature.  Watch here