Improved access to housing research for New Zealand

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A joint venture between Government agencies and other organisations has the objective of making all housing research produced in New Zealand available through a single website portal.

Housing Research for New Zealand already links to more than 1000 research papers on all aspects of housing research, and thousands more are expected to be added in the next 12 months.

The Centre for Housing Research Aotearoa New Zealand (CHRANZ) has led the creation of this new website, with support from DigitalNZ.

Based in the National Library of New Zealand, DigitalNZ helps to make New Zealand digital content easy to find, share and use. This includes content from government departments, publicly-funded organisations, the private sector, and community groups.  DigitalNZ’s existing technology has allowed CHRANZ to partner with other housing researchers to improve access to highly topical material used for the development of Government policy.

New Zealand’s housing needs are complex and changing.  Few challenges are more important for the country than providing, affordable,  good quality accommodation and sustainable urban environments. For this reason a wide range of central and local Government agencies, not-for-profit organisations and others need all the best information available as the basis for their policy-making, planning and implementation around housing and urban development.

A large number initiate their own research while, at the same time, continuously seeking to stay abreast of material produced by others.   An ongoing difficulty is the diversity of organisations and sources, and knowing where to look and how to keep informed of new reports.

Housing Research for New Zealand presently links to the websites and other sources of nine housing research organisations, including Beacon, as well as universities and tertiary institutes.  Key features are;

  • Single search access to research items from across New Zealand organisations.
  • Links to full documents in context on the host organisation’s website
  •  Diverse sources of information, including New Zealand universities; independent research companies; and Government departments