Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities | Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamāhorahora

The Building Better Homes,Towns and Cities National Science Challenge aims to improve the quality and supply of housing and create smart and attractive urban environments.

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Launched: 5 May 2016

Funding: Up to $47.9 million over 10 years

Host: BRANZ

Summary

The Challenge is seeking to improve the quality and supply of housing and create smart and attractive environments through:

  • improving housing stock
  • meeting future demand for affordable housing
  • taking up innovation and productivity improvement opportunities
  • improving current and future urban environments and resident’s well-being
  • better systems for improved land-use decisions.

Research outcomes will support New Zealanders to embrace change and to understand what sustainable and effective-land use means for our 21st century lives.

Challenge objective

To improve the quality and supply of housing and create smart and attractive urban environments.

Title translation

[Ko ngā] wā kāinga - (noun) distant home, true home, home, home base

hei whakamāhorahora - (verb) to make someone feel at home, putting people at ease, making people feel comfortable

Listen to the Māori title [MP3, 282 KB] 

Collaboration partners

  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Lincoln University
  • Massey University
  • University of Auckland
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Otago
  • University of Waikato
  • Victoria University of Wellington
  • Opus International Consultants
  • PrefabNZ
  • Scion
  • Auckland Council Research Investigation and Monitoring Unit (RIMU)
  • Centre for Research, Evaluation and Social Assessment (CRESA)
  • Institute of Geological and Nuclear Science (GNS Science).