Our goal is that everyone in NZ lives in warm, dry, mould-free, safe and secure housing that enables health and wellbeing. We have four main objectives:

  • To improve the regulatory framework by: measuring the impact that mandatory NZ Healthy Housing Standards have had on housing quality, including indoor temperatures, air quality, physical and mental health and mortality; increasing knowledge of the reasons for the partial adoption of the World Health Organization Housing and Health Guidelines; and increasing knowledge of Pasifika community housing arrangements and needs;
  • To utilise natural experiments to analyse the impact of extending the NZ Healthy Housing Standards to incorporate other WHO Housing Guidelines, e.g. the impact of including home injury prevention measures on Accident Compensation Corporation claims and effective mould eradication policies;
  • To work with our Healthy Housing Initiatives partners, enabled by the Integrated Data Infrastructure, to increase understanding of the potential of interventions to reduce the respiratory illness, to benefit mental health, to reduce injuries and residential mobility, and improve equity;
  • To support Māori Health Advancement, by better understanding Māori housing conditions, and the costs on health and wellbeing of housing inequalities.

This is a five-year research programme, funded by HRC.  For further information, please contact Associate Professor  Nevil Pierse