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Stats NZ seeks views on what constitutes housing quality – 17 October 2018

A public consultation on what constitutes housing quality began today, Stats NZ said.

Feedback is being sought on a proposed housing quality conceptual framework, co-designed by Stats NZ, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ).

“There’s currently no agreed definition of housing quality nationally or internationally,” systems and partnerships general manager Rachael Milicich said.

“It’s a very broad topic, so with this framework we’re aiming to capture an agreed way of thinking about housing quality, with all its different aspects and dimensions.”

The housing quality conceptual framework brings together and defines four interrelated elements of housing quality: housing habitability; housing functionality; environmental sustainability; and social and cultural sustainability.

“It’s important to note that we’re looking at housing in relation to people – our communities and whānau – as well as physical structures,” Ms Milicich said.

In the New Zealand data system, frameworks play an important role in developing measures, but they should be broad enough to encompass all the different aspects of a topic, even if not all of them can be easily measured.

Visit Developing a definition for housing quality: Consultation for more information and to make a submission, or email

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