Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing for Māori

Dr Fiona Cram spoke with 27 Māori key informants in conversational interviews about what makes a house a home for whānau Māori and how housing supports Whānau Ora (Māori collective wellbeing). Read her full report here.

Integrated Report Available

This research report draws together key findings from four research components considering the outcomes of accessing affordable secure housing. Download it now via the publications page.

Two new publications

Available on the publications page here two new journal publications from Professor Larry Murphy.

  • Performing calculative practices: residual valuation, the residential development process and affordable housing in Housing Studies 
  • ‘Neoliberal social housing policies, market logics and social rented housing reforms in New Zealand’, in International Journal of Housing Policy

10th Sept Presentation to Housing Committee, Christchurch City Council


Research team leader Dr Kay Saville-Smith was invited to present to the Christchurch City Council’s Housing Committee on research findings from National Science Challenge projects she is currently leading or a researcher on, including:

  • BBHTC -Architecture of Decision-Making
  • BBHTC – Revitalising the Building Industry and Affordable Housing
  • BBHTC – Building Solutions for Affordable, Age Friendly Dwellings
  • Ageing Well NSC – Life When Renting.

A copy of the presentation can be found here.



Following the Money: Understanding the building industry’s exit from affordable housing production

This research bulletin (available from the publications page) suggests an explanation for the desertion of affordable housing is the significant withdrawal of government capital assistance and investment in affordable housing.

Affordable Housing increasingly a problem for over 65s


Part of our research on revitalising the production of homes in the lower quartile value of the market will look specifically at retirement age households and the increasing numbers of older people finding housing unaffordable.

The Retirement Commissioner warns about the looming crisis here