Health Housing News and Events

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 


10 Apr 2017

Dr Elinor Chisholm talks to Radio New Zealand about the consequences of banning letting fees for renters. Read here.

03 Apr 2017

MBIE funded Housing First programme–PhD Studentship Opportunity.

Homelessness among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgenda, Intersex and Queer People: understanding the experience and developing holistic solutions.

This project is part of the MBIE funded Housing First programme, and comes with a $30K scholarship for 3 years. Experience of LGBTIQ issues is required

Please  Read  for more details.

22 Mar 2017

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: New Zealand 2017 on New Zealand’s environmental performance warns that the country’s growth is starting to show environmental limits, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater contamination and threats to biodiversity. Please Read here for NZ expert reaction