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Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister, Dr Megan Woods, has released this report into whether the Metro Sports Facility and the Stadium (Multi-Use Arena) projects, as they are currently proposed, reflect the best outcome for Christchurch and the Canterbury region.
Background: The ratio of winter to non-winter mortality rates, or excess winter mortality (EWM), is higher in temperate countries, including New Zealand. Many studies suggest housing differences as a possible explanation. Home heating and insulation levels have been found to be associated with health outcomes...
Focuses on some of the important policy issues facing New Zealand as it enters the 2017 general election.
This paper reviews evaluations of post-disaster recovery efforts. The focus is on operational material and other ‘grey literature’ from disasters that have occurred in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. We develop a typology that categorises disaster events and includes whether evaluations were...
The science is clear. When debating emissions, consider your goals.
Biological emissions from agriculture (methane and nitrous oxide) make up almost half New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions, so their importance relative to carbon dioxide is of particular policy interest. Motu Economic and Public...
Uses insights from a NZ-based empirical study of the adequacy of institutional frameworks and practice for adapting to climate change to demonstrate how climate change impacts and current natural hazard risk responses can increase the level of residual risk (the unavoidable risk), and thus challenge...
The aim of this research report was to review best global practice in regard to the written content of National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDSs) in order to identify and explore the common and unique elements of each. We selected the NSDSs of Finland, Sweden and...
This thesis set out to form a bridge between the disciplines of architectural history, social and women’s history, building technology and environmental assessment, by investigating changes to existing houses over time and linking these with changes in lifestyle and technology.
This paper tells stories of the Christchurch earthquakes and the aftermath, involving community action, health, housing, insurance woes, families, children and many other themes.
How did this project come to be? Well, without the earthquakes there would be no project, so...
This paper sets out a complex adaptive systems view of water governance.
Fresh water is a life - enabling resource as well as the source of spiritual, social and economic wellbeing and development. It is continuously renewed by the Earth’s natural...