Journal article
Description

The close relationship between housing and health has been well documented in New Zealand but is of particular concern for the disabled population. A 2013 survey identified that almost one-quarter (24%) of New Zealanders have a disability, and physical disabilities are projected to increase most dramatically as the population ages. Large numbers of the disabled population are living outside of the major urban centres, and a significant proportion are living in the most deprived areas residing in rental housing that is damp and difficult to keep warm. Poorer health outcomes are predicted for those who remain in their current unmodified homes. New Zealand is ill-prepared for the projected increase in demand for healthy rental housing; and the related consequences of poor health should not be underestimated.

Publication Details
Volume:
130
Issue:
1457
Pagination:
69-78