Author(s): Philippa Howden-Chapman
Housing affordability. Unhealthy homes. Wealth inequality. Environmental sustainability. Social mobility. The state of New Zealand housing is central to major issues confronting this country. In this wide-ranging BWB Text, leading international housing researcher Philippa Howden-Chapman reveals how New Zealand has lost its way on housing. Once a world leader in housing policy, we have neglected our heritage to the point that we are now faced with some of the worst housing in the developed world. New Zealand needs to change course and this succinct introduction, drawing on two decades of award-winning research, maps a new landscape for twenty-first century homes.
Philippa Howden-Chapman is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities. In 2014, researchers in He Kainga Oranga were awarded the Prime Minister's Science Team Prize. She is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health Guideline Development Group, was a member of the Children's Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty and is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.