Health Housing News and Events

14 Mar 2019

Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman was invited to speak at Parliament at the 10th anniversary of  Prime Minister’s Science Prize, which He Kainga Oranga, the Housing and Health Research Programme won in 2014.

14 Mar 2019

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.

The 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings (ICEERB) 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 on the ICEERB website. View photo gallery.

11 Mar 2019

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 Dr Lucy Telfar-Barnard of He Kainga Oranga gave on Nine-to-Noon following the Guidelines launch.


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)