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
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.
here to read the NZCPHM Housing Policy Statement