Home Truths

Home Truths

Confronting New Zealand’s Housing Crisis

The poor standard of current housing, and the inability of too many people on low incomes to access decent housing, is causing a cascade of problems that are avoidable.

Housing affordability. Unhealthy homes. Wealth inequality. Environmental sustainability. Social mobility. The state of New Zealand housing is central to many major issues confronting this country. In this wide-ranging BWB Text, leading international housing researcher Philippa Howden-Chapman reveals how New Zealand has lost its way on housing. This succinct introduction, drawing on two decades of award-winning research, helps chart a new way ahead for housing that is healthy, inclusive and sustainable.

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BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Spanning contemporary issues, history and memoir, new BWB Texts are released regularly, and the series now amounts to well over fifty works.

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Print publication:
Ebook publication: Nov 2015
Pages: 116
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9780947492335
ISTC: A022015000000583
DOI: 10.7810/9780947492335

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'Blowing Bubbles: Six big ideas to smooth out the boom and bust housing cycle' John Edens, Manawatu Standard, 7 December 2016 

'Mixed media: the housing crisis', Alastair Paulin, The Press, 3 June 2016

'Opinion: The hidden cost of our unhealthy rental homes - Part two: Why we need a rental warrant of fitness', Philippa Howden-Chapman, Our Auckland, 16 May 2016

'Opinion: Auckland’s renters need greater protection - Part one: The importance of warm, healthy rentals', Philippa Howden-Chapman, Our Auckland, 13 May 2016

'Talk delivers home truths', Frank Gibson, Wanganui Chronicle, 3 May 2016

'More than good intentions', Marina Hoyle, North & South, 1 May 2016

'Making Kiwi Homes Warmer, Healthier and Better for the Planet', Linley Boniface, Pure Advantage, 5 April 2016

'BOOK EXTRACT: Home Truths – Confronting New Zealand’s housing crisis', NBR, December 2015

'NZ's Tenancy Tribunal a "toothless kitten" - researcher Philippa Howden-Chapman', Rob Stock, BusinessDay, 8 December 2015

'Political roundup: The political problems of wealth and inequality', Bryce Edwards, New Zealand Herald, 4 December 2015

'Hawke's Bay overcrowded home figures revealed by district health board', All About Hawke's Bay, 30 November 2015

'Philippa Howden-Chapman highlights NZ's increasingly embarrassing housing crisis', Rob Stock, BusinessDay, 25 November 2015

'Professor: Housing policy is failing vulnerable families', Philippa Howden-Chapman on Morning Report, Radio New Zealand, 24 November 2015


'On one level, this is an easy book to read. It isn’t long (BWB bills the series as ‘Short books on big subjects from great New Zealand writers’) and the writing is fluent. At another level, it can serve as the gateway to much more: there are extensive notes and references, and it would be easy to follow up the statistics and graphs here in more detail. If you have any interest in society’s well-being, I recommend you read this book.' Gordon Findlay, Booksellers NZ, 10 December 2015