Tranche 2 Special Edition

Tēnā koutou

Ngā mihi o te wā ki a koutou. It is with pleasure that we present the next iteration of our strategy for Tranche 2. We ask that you consider this document and send feedback to us by 2 July via the on-line feedback form or by attending one of the three engagement meetings to be held:

  • Auckland, Wednesday, 20 June, 11am-1pm. Venue: TBC
  • Wellington, Friday, 22 June, 11am-1pm. Venue: Wellesley Hotel, 2-8 Maginnity St, Wellington.
  • Christchurch, Monday, 25 June, 11am-1pm. Venue: TBC

Please note we are not seeking project level ideas at this stage but rather are looking for high level priorities that enable us to collectively deliver on our mission. We look forward to your feedback and continuing to build a strong collective strategy for Tranche 2.

Ngā mihi
Ruth Berry and Jessica Hutchings
June 2018

Revised Tranche 2 Strategy

Please click the link below for the revised version of the Tranche 2 Strategy that was workshopped at the BBHTC NSC Colloquium on 8-9 May 2018 and discussed with the Governance Group along with some members of our independent Science Advisory Panel. Having received this feedback we now present the revised version for your review and comment. This document sets the high level strategic framing for our research and rangahau programme in Tranche 2, as well as the outcomes and impacts we will collectively make.


Feedback requested

Researchers, your feedback on the Revised Tranche 2 Strategy would be most appreciated. Please follow the link below and submit your feedback before 2 July 2018.


Upcoming open meetings

There are numerous ways to contribute to the development of our strategy for Tranche 2. Please attend our open meetings to be held in:

  • Auckland on Wednesday, 20 June
  • Wellington on Friday, 22 June, Venue: Wellesley Hotel, 2-8 Maginnity St, Wellington.
  • Christchurch on Monday, 25 June

All meetings will take place between 11am - 1pm. Venues for the Auckland and Christchurch meetings will be posted on our website ASAP. There will also be a meeting of the Māori Science Leadership Team and Science Leadership Teams along with key BBHTC researchers to be held in Wellington on the Tuesday, 26 June from 10.30am - 3pm. To register your attendance to attend these strategy engagement meetings please email

Pā Kāinga – a conceptual approach and evolution of the Challenge

The Pā Kāinga is both a metaphor for the Challenge and the physical representation of Māori research processes, embedded in the lived reality of our communities. It is an evolution of the Challenge concept from the Tāne Whakapiripiri model. As research and discussions have taken place, it was queried why the meeting house stood alone; a meeting house is central to a community, in a cluster of buildings within a village.


Proposed Research Programme

To deliver to the Vision and the Challenge Objective, the Challenge has identified two areas of research activity for Tranche 2: Homes and spaces for generations | Kāinga Tahi, Kāinga Rua and Thriving communities | He Pā Harakeke.

It is expected the research will address, in a variety of ways, the four areas of wellbeing (social, cultural, environmental, and economic), identified as the core concepts that the challenge will use to evaluate impact.


Challenge Objective | Te Hoaketanga

This Challenge will improve the quality and supply of housing and create smart and attractive urban environments.

Challenge Vision | Te Tekoteko

Built environments that build communities

Mā pango mā whero ka oti ai te mahi

Homes, neighbourhoods, kāinga, towns, communities and cities throughout Aotearoa / New Zealand that enable people to enrich their lives and reach their social, cultural, and economic potential throughout their lives.

Challenge Mission | Te Tahuhu

Our mission is premised on Manaaki Tangata. Through co-created, innovative research / rangahau, the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities / Ko Ngā Wā Kāinga Hei Whakamāhorahora National Science Challenge will contribute to transforming the systems and organisations that shape built environments, to deliver homes and communities that are hospitable, productive, and protective.

Whanonga Pono | Challenge Values

The Challenge has identified the internal values that will drive how it operates. These align with the external values of the four wellbeings, which frame the impacts from Challenge activities.


A Meeting Place

This Challenge is a meeting place and the wharenui (often referred to as Tāne Whakapiripiri), a gathering place where people connect and collaborate. Tāne Whakapiripiri signals the fundamental importance of our homes and is an emblem of how this Challenge brings together:

  • Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti in a research partnership;
  • End-users and researchers co-creating research priorities and projects;
  • End-users and researchers working in co-operation to achieve the desired changes in the built environment; and
  • Researchers across organisations and disciplines.
Challenge Values

Enabling social interaction - Aligned with social and cultural wellbeing

Connecting people to the natural environment - Aligned with environmental wellbeing

Meeting the needs of diverse peoples - Aligned with social and cultural wellbeing

Helping people to be healthier and safer - Aligned with social wellbeing

Supporting equitable access to wealth, resources and amenities - Aligned with good internal systems and processes for sharing Challenge resources

League of Live Illustrators

The League of Live Illustrators was on hand at the Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Research Colloquium in May. The creative team, seen here with our Director Maori Jessica Hutchings, used their talents to illustrate the conversation taking place around them. Their work is also featured on the front and back cover of the Revised Tranche 2 Strategy.