Helping reduce harm from unhealthy homes

A healthy home is important for everyone’s health but especially for infants, older people and anyone who is ill at home or recovering from illness. Experts agree that a healthy home is:

  • safe, warm and dry and in good repair; and
  • a place where the residents aren’t at risk of housing-related illnesses by living there.

Evidence shows many houses have flaws that can lead to increased health risk, such as cold, damp homes, damaged or rundown houses, environmental neglect, overcrowded, poorly ventilated homes and homes which are not designed for the occupants’ ability.

Community and Public Health supports and promotes healthy homes and communities by:

  • Sharing advice and information with services working with Māori whānau and Pasifika aiga;
  • Providing resources that encourage healthy homes;
  • Giving advice on how to live so homes remain healthy;
  • Providing advice to community about summer heat health;
  • Assisting the health sector to consider housing as a way to reduce Ambulatory Sensitive (avoidable) Hospital (ASH) admission rates;
  • Supporting the housing sector through policy submissions and strategic planning;
  • Supporting community Initiatives to improve neighbourhoods and housing;
  • Collaborating with key agencies, networks and organisations to achieve positive changes in housing; and
  • Encouraging Canterbury DHB staff to consider housing as a health influencer to assist patients to get practical support and to reduce Ambulatory Sensitive (avoidable) Hospital (ASH) admission rates.

Information sheets on some housing issues for renters and homeowners


Documents and Links

Home heating and seasonal concerns

Dealing with mould and damp homes

Housing standards and building energy efficient homes

Key national and regional documents

For further information, contact:

CANTERBURY
Leanne Bayler
Ph: +64 3 364 1777
Fax: +64 3 379 6125


Key housing agency contacts:

Emergency Housing
Ministry of Social Development
Ph: 0800 559 009

Work and Income

Supporting Tenants
Tenants Protection Association
Ph: +64 3 379 2297

Tenancy Services
Ph: 0800 836 262

Insanitary Housing
Christchurch City Council
Ph: +64 3 941 8666

Energy solutions for healthy living
Community Energy Action
Ph: +64 3 374 7222 or 0800 388 588


Warmer Kiwi Homes Tool

Find out if you are eligible for a grant for heating or home insulation and connect with a service provider for a no-obligation quote.


Page last updated: 04/12/2019

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