Revitalising the production of affordable housing for productive, engaged & healthy lives: Integrated report

Kay Saville-Smith (Editor)

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

A dwelling that is priced higher than its residents can afford is no longer a place of comfort and security but an arena of material struggle. It is associated with under-investment in many of the goods and services that generate wellbeing. It contracts rather than expands life chances, and makes social, cultural, and economic participation precarious. This publication brings together four research components addressing the outcomes of accessing affordable secure housing: IDI analysis of long-term outcomes; inter-generational housing trajectories; impacts of accessing rent for buy; and housing, home, and whanau ora.

Other reports associated with this research

Murphy, L. (2020). Performing calculative practices: residual valuation, the residential development process and affordable housing. Housing Studies, 35, 9, 1501-1517, DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2019.1594713

Saville-Smith, K. (2017). Thinking about the logics of affordable new build delivery: Some preliminary thoughts on the structural position of different types of new-builders. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities SRA: The Architecture of Decision-Making, June 2017. Wellington: BBHTC.

Saville-Smith, K. (2018). Revitalising the production of lower value homes: Researching dynamics and outcomes. 16pgs. Paper presented to European Network of Housing Researchers Conference, Uppsala, Sweden, 27-29 June 2018.

Saville-Smith, K. (2020, 1 April). Too many costly homes. build magazine, 177.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

Media: Queen’s birthday: NZ’s housing system broken, says researcher

04 June 2018: One of Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities lead researchers in the Architecture of Decision Making research programme, Dr Kay Saville-Smith, has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours. She discusses with reporter Chloe Ranford her recent research into the building industry’s shift from building low value houses to building high value houses. >> Read more

Case Study: Too many costly homes

Originally published in Build magazine, issue 177, April 2020.

21 April 2020: While more new houses are going up, they’re not necessarily ones that middle and low-income New Zealanders can afford, leaving the housing affordability crisis unresolved. >> Read More

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Housing, house prices, new builds, affordable housing, policy mechanisms, economics, housing security, education, employment, health, wellbeing and happiness

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Economics; Housing supply; Housing affordability; Wellbeing


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha


Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Saville-Smith, K. (Ed.). (2019). Revitalising the production of affordable housing for productive, engaged & healthy lives: Integrated report. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: Homes and Spaces for Generations. November 2019, 109pgs. Wellington: BBHTC.