Housing For All

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Housing for all

Community Research set out with an enquiry into creating a special collection of resources on housing in Aotearoa as a way to support and advocate for community researchers already engaged in this work.

The report gathers evidence on what currently exists in literature in the area of housing in Aotearoa and identifies the gaps in this existing literature.
The following themes are not the focus of any of the existing collections:
a) renting/tenancy (aside from older people)
b) lived experience and knowledge
c) homelessness/ houselessness
d) rangatahi housing.

In response to these findings, the Community Research Housing Special Collection is designed to bring together various housing research repositories into one, easy to use resource. In this collection you will find links to all of the significant housing research collections and community housing research from the Community Research collection, including the Community Research housing report.

Community Research collection of research reflects the need for not only academic research in the identified gaps of research-renting/tenancy, lived experience and knowledge of housing, homelessness/houselessness, and rangatahi housing research, that is more reflective of community needs.

We would like to acknowledge Lydia Carson, Gauri Nandedkar, and Janie Walker for their contribution to this work.

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Publicly accessible housing Research

Non-Government Funded Collections

Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is a peak body for New Zealand’s community housing sector. Our provider members house approximately 35,000 people nationally across 18,520 homes. Our partner members include developers, consultants and local councils. Our Vision is to make sure every New Zealander is well-housed in a warm, safe, dry and affordable home.


Motu Research is an independent, public-good focused economics and policy research institute. We help Kiwi decision makers grapple with complex social and environmental issues. Motu’s work on housing focuses on the interactions between housing and policy, in particular around the demand for housing, housing supply, housing regulation and housing affordability.

Ageing well national science challenge

Ageing Well National Science Challenge aims to be a voice for ageing issues in New Zealand. Ageing Well responds to opportunities to share information with decision makers and co-funders…  We work towards constantly improving our science communication and dissemination to ensure our work and its resulting impact is easily accessible to our various audiences.

Good Homes and Good Lives

This site is dedicated to people empowering older people’s housing decisions. We all want a positive experience of ageing, to be valued and to live in the places we can feel connected to. The Good Homes research focuses on helping older people to have safe, healthy and affordable homes which protect them in good and bad times, so they can stay in their own homes and communities for longer.

Building Better Homes Towns and Cities

This Challenge, hosted by BRANZ, is researching how innovation and technology can be better adopted by and embedded into the New Zealand building industry. Multi-disciplinary researchers are collaborating to create practical solutions that bring long-term transformational benefits for New Zealanders in how our homes, towns and cities function.

He Kāinga Oranga 

Housing and Health Research Programme, (2022, May). Publications & resources

Our interdisciplinary team researches a wide range of housing and health topics including housing quality, insulation, heating, energy poverty, sustainable energy and efficiency, indoor air quality, regulation and standards, tenants’ advocacy, sustainable tenancy, injury prevention, homelessness, public housing, community housing, Māori housing, LGBTQI+ housing, Pacific housing, housing data, health and housing and housing wellbeing.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has released its state of the nation report. They provide an overview of the availability of the housing, new builds and sale prices for housing from 2011- 2022.

Government Funded Collections

Stats NZ Store House

Tatauranga Aotearoa (2022, August)

This site contains the Statistics New Zealand’s electronic and digitised publications which are not on our website. It also contains questionnaires, research and images. Stats NZ is a government department and Aotearoa’s official data agency. They collect information and publish data. housing collection includes statistics on the number, size, affordability, and quality of homes in New Zealand. This library potentially acts as a digital archive to

Housing in Aotearoa/2020

Te Pā Harakeke: Māori housing and wellbeing 2021

Pacific housing: People, place, and wellbeing in Aotearoa

Kainga Ora Homes and communities (2022, June). Publications

Kāinga Ora provides tenancy services to nearly 200,000 customers and their whānau and owns and maintains nearly 69,000 public houses while also providing home ownership products and other services. We are focusing on prioritising our tenants’ wellbeing, and provide tenants with good quality, warm, dry and healthy homes.

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Shapes the strategies and work programmes for housing and urban development in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Controller and Auditor General – Tumuaki o te Mana Arotake, (2021, December). Housing

Alongside the Auditor-General’s primary function of carrying out annual audits, we have the power to inquire in detail into issues of concern. This inquiry’s function is discretionary. We receive many requests for inquiries each year and choose carefully which ones to investigate.

Te Puni Kokiri

Te Puni Kōkiri is government’s principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development… Over many years our research work has helped inform us and others on the best ways to support Māori development.

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Lots of Little Fires

By: Joe Wilson and Murdoch Daly
Published: 2023-02-14

Video Story-Telling for The Waikato Wellbeing Project The concept of ‘lots of little fires’ captures the idea that there are many small ‘fires’ of passionate people ‘burning bright’ across the…


Inclusionary Housing A Path Forward in Aotearoa New Zealand

By: Community Housing Aotearoa - Ben Lee-Harwood, Chris Glaudel
Published: 2023-02-08

At Community Housing Aotearoa, we have consistently advocated for Inclusionary Housing as one such intervention which should be integrated into our housing toolkit through legislation. We discuss the latest local…


Discover our neighbouhood – Phillipstown Community Mapping

By: Phillipstown Community Centre Charitable Trust
Published: 2023-01-31

Discover our Neighbourhood – Phillipstown Community Mapping is a project that tries to capture and organise the strengths already existing in the Phillipstown areas, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in…


Community Research Report : Housing Research in Aotearoa

By: Lydia Carson
Published: 2022-10-30

Community Research set out to create a Special Collection of individual research on housing in Aotearoa. We have gathered links to these existing external collections and used our resources to…


System Transformation in the disability sector in New Zealand – Repeat Study MidCentral: 2018-2021

By: Wilson, C.S. and Benjamin, M. (2022)
Published: 2022-06-03

In October 2018 the Ministry of Health launched system transformation in MidCentral region (Palmerston North, Levin, Otaki, Foxton, Feilding and the local environments). This new system was to be based…

Ethnicity and Diversity

“You’re so powerless”: Takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ people’s experiences before becoming homeless in Aotearoa New Zealand

By: Brodie Fraser, Elinor Chisholm, Nevil Pierse
Published: 2021-12-20

Little is known in Aotearoa New Zealand about experiences of homelessness amongst Takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ identifying people, despite growing international literature regarding LGBTIQ+ homelessness. Using data from semi-structured interviews with eight people…

Homelessness Rainbow/LGBTIQA+

Supporting the homeless: Let’s keep the ball rolling.

By: Male Room Inc.
Published: 2021-10-08

A project detailing the findings from interviewing 26 homeless men and women in Nelson and Blenheim. They were interviewed to surface what they felt were the areas they needed support…


Kaupapakāinga: The potential for Māori cohousing

By: James Berghan
Published: 2021-09-07

This report explores the potential for Māori to co-opt aspects of the cohousing model. A hybrid approach, combining elements of cohousing and papakāinga (as co-papakāinga, or ‘kaupapakāinga’ (kaupapa-based kāinga)) could…

People and Society

Young people who have been involved with Oranga Tamariki – Home and Housing

By: The Youth19 Research Group
Published: 2021-09-01

This report provides data from the Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey (Youth19) about secondary school students who report they have been involved with Oranga Tamariki or Child Youth and Family Services…

Families, Whānau and Parenting Housing Insecurity Oranga Tamariki
Ethnicity and Diversity

Measuring the Impact of Northcote’s Urban Regeneration on Community Wellbeing

By: Hearts & Minds NZ Incorporated
Published: 2021-08-31

This community-led, co-designed research project explores the impact of Northcote’s Urban Regeneration on community wellbeing. The research undertaken involved meaningful engagement with a diverse cross-section of the Northcote population and…

Community Development Health & Wellbeing
Pacific Peoples

A Youth19 Brief: Pacific young people with a disability or chronic condition

By: The Youth19 Research Group
Published: 2021-07-01

Most Pacific young people with a disability or chronic condition reported positive family and school environments, high levels of volunteering and moderate or good health. However, members of this group…

Children & Youth Disability
Te Ao Māori

A Youth19 Brief: Rangatahi Māori with a disability or chronic condition

By: The Youth19 Research Group
Published: 2021-06-16

Most rangatahi Māori with a disability or chronic condition reported positive family and school environments, high rates of volunteering and moderate or good health. However, members of this group also…

Children & Youth Disability

Māori perceptions of ‘home’: Māori housing needs, wellbeing and policy

By: Amohia Boulton, Tanya Allport, Hector Kaiwai, Rewa Harker, Gill Potaka-Osborne
Published: 2021-05-02

This paper presents the findings of the Perceptions of Papakāinga project, a 12-month, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga funded project which explores comparative views of ‘home’ for Māori. The findings…


E hoki mai nei ki te ūkaipō—Return to Your Place of Spiritual and Physical Nourishment

By: Amohia Boulton, Tanya Allport, Hector Kaiwai, Gill Potaka Osborne and Rewa Harker
Published: 2021-04-30

This paper presents the findings of the Perceptions of Papakāinga project, which explores the connection between place, genealogy, and identity for two Māori (New Zealand’s Indigenous people) communities: one living…

Community Development Housing Māori

Where Will We Live in The Future? “Ta tatou kainga e noho ana ki hea a te wa heke mai”

By: Colleen Brown and Alan Johnson
Published: 2021-03-31

Our research project was conducted throughout 2020 with the support of Alan Johnson from the Child Poverty Action Group. The report gives a voice to disabled people’s concerns about the…

Ethnicity and Diversity

RASNZ Refugee Resettlement and Support Services in the Auckland Region: A Study in the Era of COVID-19

By: Dr Annette Mortensen
Published: 2020-12-02

The study describes multiple systemic barriers to former refugee groups receiving adequate and equitable support in New Zealand health, housing, income support, education and social services. Access to services is…

COVID-19 Migrants and Former Refugees Social Services

RASNZ COVID-19 Response Study: Remote Psychosocial Service Provision to Former Refugee and Asylum Seeker Communities in Auckland During Lockdown

By: Anette Mortensen
Published: 2020-08-24

This study was commissioned to capture the experiences of Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) clinical and community services as they responded to COVID 19; and to understand the impact…

COVID-19 Health & Wellbeing Migrants and Former Refugees

He whare kōrero o Mangatakitahi – Housing First Rotorua

By: Dr Helen Potter, Tīaho Limited
Published: 2020-02-29

In 2019, Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (the Ministry) engaged Tiaho Limited, a respected kaupapa Māori research, evaluation, and policy development group, to develop…

Community & Place Community Development Evaluation Homelessness Housing Insecurity Non-profit Sector Research & Evaluation Social Services

He oranga ngākau, he pikinga wairua – A pūrākau of He Kāinga Ora ki Ōtautahi Housing First Christchurch

By: Dr Helen Potter, Tīaho Limited
Published: 2020-02-29

In 2019, Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (the Ministry) engaged Tiaho Limited, a respected kaupapa Māori research, evaluation, and policy development group, to develop…

Community & Place Community Development Evaluation Homelessness Housing Insecurity Non-profit Sector Research & Evaluation Social Services

Somewhere to Live: Exploring solutions to the housing affordability crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand

By: Jenny McArthur
Published: 2020-02-14

Aotearoa New Zealand is in the midst of a housing affordability crisis, with the effects disproportionately felt by younger generations, single-parent households, Pacific Islanders, and Māori. Housing speculation, fuelled by…

Economics & Finances Housing Insecurity Policy Poverty and Inequality
People and Society

The Real Life of Us Western Bay of Plenty Social Report

By: SociaLink
Published: 2019-11-19

The Western Bay of Plenty covers the region from Waihi Beach in the north to Paengaroa to the east and Pyes Pa to the south, and includes Tauranga and Mount…

Community Development Government – Central & Local Health & Wellbeing

Waiting for Help, Social Sector Waiting Lists in the Western Bay of Plenty

By: SociaLink
Published: 2019-11-19

Delays in obtaining help with social and personal issues may result in people being on waiting lists for assistance with mental health, housing, counselling, special needs education services or assessments…

Health & Wellbeing Poverty and Inequality Social Services

My house, our house, their house: A case study of house sharing for the over 65s

By: Robyn Barry
Published: 2019-09-16

Societies are looking towards innovative ways of accommodating the increasing number of people reaching 65 and without the provision of home ownership. This research follows five years of the development…

Community Development Homelessness Research & Evaluation
People and Society

Social procurement: an opportunity to build sustainable communities

By: Diane Menzies
Published: 2019-08-31

Social procurement is a powerful tool for addressing targeted aspects of social disparity while also purchasing required products, services or supplies. Infrastructure development, for instance, can also deliver training within…

Community Development Homelessness Social Services

He Keteparaha Tēnei Mō Te Whare Kaumātua: A Toolkit for Kaumātua Housing

By: Yvonne Wilson
Published: 2019-05-31

The He Kāinga Pai Rawa project (2017-2019) aimed to find out what made Moa Crescent Kaumātua Village a healthy housing community for Kaumātua. The vision for our study was to…

Ageing & Retirement Māori Social Services

Homeless and landless in two generations – Averting the Māori housing disaster

By: Matthew Rout, John Reid, Di Menzies, Angus MacFarlane
Published: 2019-05-31

In  1936  71%  of  Māori  lived  in  dwellings  that  the  whānau  owned,  by  1991  the   ownership  rate  had  fallen  to  56%,  by  2013  it  was  at  43%,  and  today…

Homelessness Māori


By: Diane Menzies, Jay Whitehead, Grace Walker, John Reid, Angus MacFarlane
Published: 2019-05-31

The Whai Rawa whenu in the Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua research programme explores the regulations, planning and financing rules, governing structures, and leadership styles that shape current Māori housing. Our…

Economics & Finances Homelessness Māori

Whai Rawa Whenu: Economics and Financing of Housing for Māori Literature Review

By: Diane Menzies, Jay Whitehead, Grace Walker, John Reid, Angus MacFarlane
Published: 2019-05-31

This literature review has been prepared for the Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua research direction as part of the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge by members of…

Economics & Finances Homelessness Māori

The word from the street: The views of homeless men on a supportive pathway forward.

By: David Mitchell
Published: 2018-10-12

A group of 30 homeless men were interviewed about their background, experience of services and their hopes for the future.

Addiction - Drugs, Alcohol & Gambling Homelessness Men
People and Society

For the Greater Good – Overview of Findings from the Mapping the Social Sector Project

By: SociaLink Tauranga Moana
Published: 2018-05-14

Mapping the Social Sector in the Western Bay of Plenty project emerged from a need expressed by the sector to better understand itself, provide data for future planning, and to…

Community Development Social Services

Maori and Indigenous housing annotated biblography

By: Diane Menzies
Published: 2018-01-25

The brief states that the Kāinga Tahi Kāinga Rua Strategic Research Area recognises the dual and complex nature of Māori identities and the many communities in which we construct our…

Homelessness Māori
People and Society

The empty nest is refilled: the joys and tribulations of grandparents raising their grandchildren

By: Liz Gordon
Published: 2016-12-09

This is the ‘first cut’ report of a large quantitative and qualitative study of over 1000 grandparents or other kin in Aotearoa who have their grandchildren living with them. The…

Ageing & Retirement Children & Youth Welfare & Benefits
Non-profit Sector

2016 State of the Sector Survey – Snapshot Summary

By: ComVoices
Published: 2016-12-01

The survey, of over 280 community organisations, shows that stresses on our community organisations are increasing. They are experiencing greater demand for services and are dealing with greater complexity, but…

Community Development Research & Evaluation

Scoping the costs of homelessness in New Zealand

By: NZ Work Research Institute
Published: 2016-09-30

The cost of homelessness to society and to the individual is difficult to measure, which in turn makes it difficult to formulate and evaluate meaningful policy change to address rising…

Economics & Finances Homelessness Research & Evaluation
People and Society

From stories to action: The policy implications of the NCWNZ Women’s Voices project

By: Gordon, L.; Du Plessis, R.; Sutherland, J.; and Gibson, H.
Published: 2015-06-30

This report highlights the policy implications of research into the earthquake experiences of 150 Christchurch women interviewed for the Women’s Voices – Ngā Reo O Ngā Wahine Project. It focuses…

Emergency & Disaster Women/Wāhine

ANZTSR 2014 Third Sector Organisations and Earthquake Recovery Planning in Christchurch, New Zealand

By: Nicole S Hutton, Graham A Tobin, & Linda M Whiteford
Published: 2014-11-18

The research looks at how Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) have been involved in and impacted by mid- to long-term recovery efforts, following the Christchurch earthquakes. Relocation information of TSOs’ offices…

Emergency & Disaster Health & Wellbeing Social Services
Ethnicity and Diversity

There is always someone worse off…The unheard voices of women fromthe Christchurch earthquakes and beyond

By: Women's Voices Project, National Council of Women
Published: 2014-02-01

The Christchurch earthquakes can be viewed from many disciplines: geology, geography, history, disaster management, psychology, sociology etc. For the past two years, the National Council of Women in Christchurch has…

Emergency & Disaster Families, Whānau and Parenting Women/Wāhine

Post-Disaster Mobilities: Exploring Household Relocation after the Canterbury Earthquakes

By: Simon Dickinson
Published: 2013-09-01

During 2010 and 2011, a series of major earthquakes caused widespread damage in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. The magnitude 6.3 quake in February 2011 caused 185 fatalities. In…

Community Development Emergency & Disaster Homelessness

Window on Waikato Poverty (Issue 5): Imbalances and Inequalities

By: Anna Cox & Rose Black
Published: 2013-07-10

Growing inequalities are leading to imbalances in the way people are able to live well and care for each other and the environment. I this issue we report on the…

Community Development Poverty and Inequality

TPA (CHCH) Rental Survey 2013

By: Tenants Protections Association (Christchurch) Inc.
Published: 2013-06-27

The TPA rental survey is a response to the concerns expressed by many tenants across Canterbury with increased rents and the poor quality of their rental housing post-earthquakes. This report…

Economics & Finances Emergency & Disaster Homelessness
Ethnicity and Diversity

Identifying the non-structural impacts of the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence on the Hurunui District

By: Sonny Whitelaw
Published: 2013-06-12

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) is the agency leading and coordinating the recovery of greater Christchurch following the September 2010 and February 2011 earthquakes. The area over which CERA…

Community Development Emergency & Disaster Health & Wellbeing
People and Society

Vulnerability Report Issue 13

By: New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services
Published: 2012-10-10

NZCCSS’s Vulnerability Report Issue 13 covers the period January – March 2012. The report shows what life is like three years on from the first report done in June 2009.…

Children & Youth Families, Whānau and Parenting Social Services

Older People’s Health & Housing: Health and Disability Sector NGO Working Group paper

By: Grant Aldridge (NGO Secretariat)
Published: 2012-08-08

In mid-2012, the NGO Health and Disability Network explored older people’s health issues and the current role of the non-profit sector. By sharing these findings, the Network hopes to help…

Ageing & Retirement Health & Wellbeing Non-profit Sector
People and Society

Vulnerability Report Issue 12 March 2012

By: New Zelaland Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS)
Published: 2012-03-01

NZCCSS’s 12th Vulnerability Report uses both government data and community information to illustrate how the materially poorest in our community have been faring in the year to December 2011.

Children & Youth Māori Social Services
People and Society

Vulnerability Report Issue 11

By: Phillipa Fletcher
Published: 2012-01-01

NZCCSS’s 11th Vulnerability Report looks at the period October to December 2011 and investigates trends in prices, employment and unemployment, benefits and hardship, housing, children in care, and debt. It…

Children & Youth Family Violence & Abuse Social Services
People and Society

Vulnerability Report Issue 10

By: New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services
Published: 2011-09-01

The tenth Vulnerability Report covers September 2011. It illustrates the experiences and pressure points for both families and social service agencies. Data from Christian agencies who are members of the…

Children & Youth Families, Whānau and Parenting Māori
Te Ao Māori

Vulnerability report issue 9

By: New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services
Published: 2011-06-01

This report catalogues how the most vulnerable members of our population are doing. It contains a mixture of official data, and data and anecdotes from NZCCSS agencies regarding prices, wages,…

Employment & Labour Māori Poverty and Inequality

Kaiti Neighbourhood Survey (2010)

By: Ka Pai Kaiti Charitable Trust
Published: 2010-10-01

This report shares results of a survey of community needs in Kaiti, Gisbourne. The survey was conducted in 2010. The results from the surveys have been collected, entered and analyzed…

Action Research Community Development

Vulnerability Report – 1st June 2009

By: Anne Kelly
Published: 2009-06-01

NZCOSS’s first Vulnerability Report shows the recession’s community impact on NGO services. The Vulnerability Report will be produced quarterly and will actively monitor the level of economic and social hardship…

Children & Youth Families, Whānau and Parenting Philanthropy

A Review of the New Zealand Housing Sector

By: Gravitas Research and Strategy Ltd
Published: 2009-04-01

This research provides a broad overview of the housing sector with particular focus on the needs which are evident. It has a focus on the Auckland and Northland regions being…

Homelessness Philanthropy

Forgotten Women: A study of women and homelessness in Auckland, New Zealand.

By: Kate Bukowski
Published: 2009-01-01

There are women who are not in permanent safe or secure homes in New Zealand. Their houses are damp, cold and unsafe. The violence and poverty these women face means…

Homelessness Women/Wāhine
Ethnicity and Diversity

A survey on the living conditions including housing, neighbourhood and social support of the Christchurch Refugee Community

By: Victoria Ravenscroft
Published: 2008-01-01

Refugees come from diverse backgrounds and the issues they face depend on their particular circumstances. Some of the issues refugees face include cultural shock, language difficulties, lack of established networks…

Community & Place Migrants and Former Refugees

My home, My well-being; everybody needs a place where they belong

By: Karilyn Andrew
Published: 2007-08-01

The relationship between housing and recovery from mental illness has been recognised by users and providers of mental health services in New Zealand in a number of reports and discussion…

Health & Wellbeing Homelessness Mental Health

The Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act 1995: A Report from the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges

By: Sheryl Hann
Published: 2004-01-01

This report examines the Domestic Violence Act including protection orders. The report highlights advocates’ concerns that the Act is not working effectively 10 years after it was passed.

Family Violence & Abuse Social Services Women/Wāhine
Te Ao Māori

Iwi and Māori Provider Success: A research report of interviews with successful Iwi and Māori providers and government agencies

By: Pipi, K., Cram, F., Hawke, R., Hawke, S., Huriwai, TeM., Keefe, V., Mataki, T., Milne, M., Morgan, K., Small, K., Tuhaka, H. & Tuuta, C.
Published: 2002-12-10

The successful delivery of services and programmes by Māori and iwi providers is key to building Māori community capacity and therefore in addressing Mäori/non-Māori disparities (across, for example, health, education,…

Government – Central & Local Law & Justice Māori

Housing for all – speaking to the housing research landscape and actioning solutions.

Housing for all. Speaking to the research landscape and actioning solutions.


Housing Research: Challenges and Insights for Communities in Aotearoa

National Science Challenge: Māori Community Research - making a difference


Community Research aims to amplify the voices of tangata whenua, communities, collective knowledge and lived experience alongside research. Community Research advocates for more research to be done to address the needs of those who are not currently well represented in housing research. Housing, or a lack of adequate housing, is a component affecting every aspect of New Zealanders’ lives. Research that examines the existing gaps and addresses the diverse housing needs within our communities could impact policy making. Community Research now seeks partnerships that can help us collect and promote this much needed research where it already exists outside of these collections. Together we can support a collective approach to advancing housing research advocacy in Aotearoa.

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