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Seminar | Realities of renting in New Zealand cities

Please join us for this New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities talk


As home ownership moves beyond the reach of a growing number of New Zealand households, renting will become a long-term, possibly permanent, proposition. The rental housing system relies heavily on the provision of stock by private investors, based both here and overseas. To ensure renting is a viable alternative to home ownership, private landlords will need to fulfill their responsibilities, as outlined under the Residential Tenancies Act.

The speakers will present findings from a comprehensive study into the private rental housing sector in four New Zealand cities – Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The study, funded by BRANZ, explores the drivers of investment and relationships between tenants and landlords.


Karen Witten is a geographer and Professor of Public Health at Massey University. She is a member of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities and was a lead researcher in the Resilient Urban Futures programme, on residential choice and community formation. Her research investigates how neighbourhood design and infrastructure influences social relationships, transport choices and the wellbeing of residents.

Penelope Carroll is a social science researcher with particular research interests in the well-being of children and young people in urban environments and housing. A public health researcher at Massey University, she has a strong commitment to social justice.

Lucy Telfar Barnard is an epidemiologist and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Her research centres on housing quality, but extends to respiratory disease, the effects of cold weather on health, and the use of administrative data in environmental health research. She is currently leading He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme’s Rental Warrant of Fitness study.

All welcome

Date Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentPublic Health (UOW)
LocationAdam Auditorium, City Gallery, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

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