Challenge Parties

Auckland Council

Auckland University of Technology

Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is New Zealand's fastest growing university with research and degrees that reflect and inform our changing world. The AUT BBHTC research team are experts in the areas of: enhancement of urban wellbeing through the adoption of mauri-ora; Vision Mātauranga; Māori and design; the increasing differentiation of lifestyles; housing aspirations and strategies within the Pacific population; the impact of major urban renewal on community wellbeing; and the aging population. If you are looking for research that inspires curiosity, advances knowledge, and benefits communities - then welcome to AUT University, the university for the changing world.


BRANZ is the host for the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge. It is the building and construction industry's primary provider of independent research and information. They provide specialist research into building material and systems durability, fire and structural engineering, sustainability (including health, energy, water, and life-cycle analysis) and industry economics. BRANZ also provides high-quality publications and education materials via numerous channels. Their expertise base also means they are able to offer consulting, testing, and product evaluation services for manufacturers. BRANZ manages the Building Research Levy, and applies it for industry and national good in pursuit of better built buildings.


The Centre for Research, Evaluation, and Social Assessment (CRESA) has been undertaking social research and evaluation for more than two decades. Their research focuses on encouraging community development and sustainable communities. In particular, their work centres on critical aspects of social development, policy and services; resource management for sustainable social, economic and environmental outcomes; and housing and the built environment. CRESA is committed to research which enables policy makers, communities and other decision makers to work together and make realistic, constructive decisions, leading to the best possible social, economic, and environmental outcomes.

Lincoln University

Lincoln University is New Zealand's specialist, land-based University with a proud tradition as New Zealand's third oldest tertiary institution, founded in 1878 as a School of Agriculture. Today it is a research-led institution with an emphasis on land-based disciplines and their associated industries: agriculture; horticulture; viticulture; bio-technology; environmental science; tourism; landscape architecture; recreation and commerce. The Faculty of Environment, Society & Design (ESD) has research and teaching programmes across a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to: Urban and Rural Geography, Environmental Management, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Tourism and Sociology.

Massey University

Massey University leads university education in construction management and quantity surveying in New Zealand. They are research-led and specialise in resilient and sustainable healthy buildings, productivity, construction management and construction law and lighting. Their built environment team is based at the Auckland campus in Albany, where they deliver research, consulting and professional development. They also educate future scientists and consultants and their internationally accredited bachelor degree features real-world problem solving from day one giving their graduates extensive practical experience.

Opus Research

Opus Research is a dedicated research business unit within Opus International Ltd.  We undertake research for government and private sector clients with a strong emphasis on the built environment and developing sustainable cities and settlements. Opus Research provides research, testing and advisory services to support infrastructure development in transport, water, construction and energy.

University of Otago


PrefabNZ is a non-profit membership organisation that informs, educates and advocates for innovation and excellence in offsite design and construction in New Zealand. They are passionate about how prefabrication and new technologies can achieve a better built environment - higher quality, smarter, greener, safer, faster, more innovative and efficient building solutions. 


Scion, formerly the Forest Research Institute, is a Crown Research Institute that specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry, wood product, wood-derived materials, and other biomaterial sectors. Through its research, Scion supports the sustainable economic growth of New Zealand via more efficient use of renewable and non-renewable resources and lower impact production systems.

The University of Auckland

University of Canterbury

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is an international leader in the fields of Architecture and Building Science and their graduates are in high demand with the growing needs of New Zealand's built environment. The School of Architecture offer a range of programmes that focus on solving problems using the latest materials, technologies and design systems, with an emphasis on Mātauranga Māori principles. Currently, Victoria researchers are developing a novel decision-making platform that will aid participatory urban design decisions in Shaping Future Neighbourhoods, and under Transforming the Building Industry researchers are using virtual reality to establish the role of Mātauranga Māori in buildings, forming a basis for 'transformation'.

The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is a leader in research and innovation and more recently was ranked in the top 1.1% of universities worldwide. Waikato's research is ranked highest in New Zealand as evidenced by the University's commitment to tackling issues of national and global importance. As a member of the BBHTC team, the Waikato team contribute to understanding the decision-making process around housing, and also to creating more sustainable communities with a focus on long-term solutions to building better, safer and healthier homes and communities.

Challenge Associates

Cawthron Institute

Cawthron Institute provides research based solutions for sustainable management and development of coastal and freshwater systems and resources, and analytical support for the food industry. The institute works with clients and other research organisations throughout New Zealand and internationally, from its laboratories, offices and an aquaculture research facility in Nelson. It is owned by the Cawthron Institute Trust Board.

Heavy Engineering Research Association

Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) is an industry owned, membership based, non-profit research and industry development organisation dedicated to servicing the needs of metal-based industries in New Zealand. While the emphasis of its activities is on heavy engineering, HERA is also servicing wider metals industry interests such as in light-gauge steel, stainless steels and light alloys. Through its specialist staff, it provides a combination of research, training, advisory, industry development and promotional services making it the national centre for metals-based product design, manufacturing technology, and inspection and quality assurance.

Landcare Research

Landcare Research is a Crown Research Institute. Its core purpose is to drive innovation in the management of terrestrial biodiversity and land resources. They are responsible for four National Outcomes, which include achieving the sustainable use of land resources and their ecosystem services across catchments and sectors; improving the measurement and mitigation of greenhouse gases from the terrestrial biosphere; and increasing the ability of New Zealand industries and organisations to develop within environmental limits and meet market and community requirements. Sustainability is embedded throughout Landcare's organisation and evidenced in both its research focus and day-to-day operational activities.

Mackie Research

Mackie Research specialises in human systems research and consultancy projects. They have specialist expertise in:

Transport: Road safety systems, active transport, schools, user-friendly transport infrastructure and systems, truck driver requirements, health and transport;
Human systems and ergonomics: Equipment evaluation, workplace systems, urban systems, sport & recreation, biomechanics, high performance sport, technology usability; and
Evaluations: Formative, process and outcome evaluation of interventions, programmes and initiatives in the transport, sport & recreation and health sectors.


Motu Economic and Public Policy Research is a non-profit research institute that carries out high quality, long-term, socially beneficial research programmes.

It aims to promote well-informed debate on public policy issues, placing special emphasis on issues relevant to New Zealand policy. Ongoing areas of research include environmental regulation, particularly around emissions trading and water quality, housing and homeownership, labour and population economics, infrastructure and economic geography, national savings, and the evaluation of national wellbeing and sustainability.


NIWA, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is a Crown Research Institute. NIWA conducts leading environmental science to enable the sustainable management of natural resources for New Zealand and the planet. Several teams of researchers are working across various National Science Challenges in collaboration with other research organisations.

New Zealand Institute of Architects

The New Zealand Institute of Architects represents more than 90 per cent of all registered architects in New Zealand. Through their members they are committed to promoting and celebrating outstanding architecture and to creating greater awareness of the values and benefits well designed buildings and public spaces can bring to our cities and towns.

Transport Engineering Research NZ

TERNZ is an independent research company focussing on transport-related issues. Their mission is to improve the efficiency, safety, and environmental sustainability of the transport sector. They fulfill their mission by providing high quality, unbiased, independent information and analyses to both the government and the private sector.