The Healthy Housing Guarantee Bill reflects New Zealand public health doctors’ policy on Housing Tuesday, 29 October 2013

The Healthy Housing Guarantee Bill reflects New Zealand public health doctors' policy on Housing.

Under Phil Twyford's Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill to be debated by MPs, all rental housing (state, social and private sector) would be required to meet minimum health and safety standards in regard to insulation and effective non-polluting heating. 

This requirement is in keeping with the evidence that improved health outcomes can be achieved through housing interventions such as retrofitting insulation and providing improved heat sources. 

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) is concerned that many New Zealanders do not have access to the adequate, safe, warm, dry, affordable houses which are essential for health and wellbeing.

In its Housing Policy, released in August 2013, the NZCPHM recommended regulated minimum standards for all New Zealand houses (backed by an evidence-based assessment tool). The Healthy Housing Guarantee Bill does this for those living in rental properties and is consequently supported by the NZCPHM.

Click here to read the NZCPHM Housing Policy Statement