Homes People Can Afford: How to improve housing in New Zealand

Sarah Bierre, Philippa Howden-Chapman & Lisa Early (eds)


This book investigates New Zealand’s shortage of affordable and social housing. A variety of contributors argue that when affordable and social housing is under-provided by the market, more active policies and investment are required from central and local government. They offer viable and exciting options that could house New Zealanders in homes they can afford.

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The book explores new models of urban living that encourage a sense of community and a good quality of life, and shows that intelligent housing policy can help make communities healthier, happier, more stable and more resilient to climate change. In Aotearoa New Zealand we need once more to see quality, healthy, safe housing — whether it is rented in the public or private sector, or owner-occupied — as a human right.

Published in association with the NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities and He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme.

Contributors: Clare Aspinall, Patricia M Austin, Michael Baker, Sarah Bierre, Alison Cadman, Louise Carrington, Ralph Chapman, Lisa Early, John Gray, Rau Hoskins, Philippa Howden-Chapman, David Preston, Ben Schrader, Christian Stearns, Andrew Stitt, Ross Whitcher & Jane Zhang

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About the author

Sarah Bierre is a research fellow with He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her research interests include the politics and policy of housing, with a focus on the private rental sector, housing quality and the relationship between law and housing outcomes. She has a first-class honours degree in geography and politics with a PhD in public health, and has worked in research and evaluation at the University of Toronto and Auckland Regional Health Service.

Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, where she teaches public policy. She is a director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. She has conducted a number of randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities, which have had a major influence on housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving awards for her work. She is currently the chair of the WHO housing and Health Guidelines Development Group and was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty.

Lisa Early is development manager for the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities and the Resilient Urban Futures research programme. She is based in Wellington at the University of Otago. She has research interests in history and environmental studies, and has previously worked at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Victoria and Albert Museum and The National Archives of the UK.

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Dimensions 176 × 250 mm

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