Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, patterns and possibilities

Philippa Howden-Chapman, Lisa Early, Jenny Ombler (editors)


Cities in New Zealand is a call to everyone with a stake in our cities to take hopeful action, so that our cities provide us, our children and grandchildren with places for a good life.

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This book outlines the latest thinking about the preferences people have for their urban life, the patterns of urban development in Aotearoa, and the possibilities for our cities in the future. It takes a systems view, where all the components that make up the city are interlinked, so that a decision to change one aspect of the urban fabric can also affect other parts of the city system. Where we choose to build new houses and apartments affects housing and transport costs, access to social amenities, opportunities to increase healthy modes of transport such as walking and cycling, the amount of air pollution and many other factors.

To explore the diverse aspects of New Zealand cities, the book draws on the knowledge of a wide range of experts. They are researchers, economists and scientists from universities, including Otago, Auckland, Massey, Victoria and Canterbury, and from Waiti, NIWA and Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. The book considers the experiences of urban Māori, the creation of community, urban transport and infrastructure, housing and housing affordability, ideas for compact cities, urban planning and governance, and what growing cities mean for our environment.

About the author

Philippa Howden-Chapman, professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, is the Director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. Her team’s randomised community trials, in partnership with local communities, provide evidence to inform housing, health and energy policy. Their work focuses on reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and they have received a number of awards including the Prime Minister’s Science Team Prize. She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health International Guideline Development Group.

Lisa Early is the editor of two previous books on New Zealand research: Drivers of Urban Change, with Philippa Howden-Chapman and Marie Russell, and Homes People Can Afford, with Sarah Bierre and Philippa Howden-Chapman. She has a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Studies and a PhD in History, and is interested in how cities can develop sustainably over time.

Jenny Ombler is a researcher with He Kainga Oranga and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities, at the University of Otago, Wellington. She is currently working on evaluating Housing First in New Zealand, as well as continuing work on urban policy and governance.

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Dimensions 176 × 250 × 10 mm

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