Cycling and walking makes healthier NZ cities

A ground-breaking study of New Zealand’s six largest cities has drawn links between high rates of cycling and walking and their residents’ health.

Posted in health and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design on 25 August 2016 – 3:41 pm

Traffic-related air pollution: video and report

City residents are exposed to traffic-related air pollution, which affects respiratory and cardiovascular health and increases all-cause mortality. What does this mean for people in Wellington? Our medical students explore the issues in this video and report.

Posted in behaviour change and health and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 18 August 2016 – 12:52 pm

Cities of tomorrow – public panel discussions

What is the future for our cities? Kim Hill talks about the ideal sustainable city with French and New Zealand experts, including Philippa Howden-Chapman, director of NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities. Auckland, Smart hubs – 23 August, Wellington, Greener places – 25 August, Christchurch, A better life? – 27 August.

Posted in news & events and NZ policy issues and urban design and urban governance on 12 August 2016 – 4:14 pm

Are universities good for our cities?

Do universities and polytechnics lead to better economic outcomes in their local city? Eyal Apatov and Arthur Grimes have just released their study which sees higher education institutions as a form of infrastructure – with the potential to improve local productivity and amenities, attracting people and jobs.

Posted in NZ policy issues and research and urban governance on 4 August 2016 – 4:43 pm

Affordability, sustainability, liveability: The politics of Special Housing Areas

We held a seminar with Laurence Murphy, Ralph Chapman, Nick Preval and Ed Randal. Special Housing Areas are an important policy response to rising house prices and concerns about housing affordability. What are the implications for urban planning and growth, urban policies and politics, and environmental sustainability? View the event video:

Posted in climate change and energy and health and housing & building and news & events and NZ policy issues and research and transport and urban design and urban governance and video & audio on 18 July 2016 – 9:38 am

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