Statistics NZ produced a “housing quality conceptual framework” yesterday as a means of defining quality in the sector, which, at least in intensive housing in Auckland over the last 2 decades, has been defined by the cost of fixing leaks.
The framework defines 4 interrelated elements of housing quality: housing habitability, housing functionality, environmental sustainability and social & cultural sustainability.
Statistics’ acting systems & partnerships general manager, Rosemary McGrath, said yesterday the new framework “establishes a broad understanding of what is meant by ‘housing quality’ and will be useful across the New Zealand data system.
“Until now, there’s been no agreed definition of housing quality, either nationally or internationally, so it’s great to see this piece of work come to fruition.
“The framework will support standardisation in the way information on housing quality is collected, which will benefit policymaking, research initiatives & statistical outputs.”
Ms McGrath said the framework would be more than a narrow statistical aid: “By taking a people-centred approach – incorporating things like cultural values & community connections, alongside physical considerations like design & construction – we get a much fuller picture of what ‘housing quality’ really means to New Zealanders.”
The framework defines housing quality as: the degree to which housing provides a healthy, safe, secure, sustainable & resilient environment for individuals, families & whanau to live in and to participate within their kainga, natural environment & communities.
Ms McGrath said frameworks played an important role in the New Zealand data system in developing measures, and the new framework would be a fundamental component in the development of improved housing quality statistics by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Development.
Attribution: Statistics NZ release.