Our vision: To enhance the impact of urban development on community wellbeing.

Our programme

Te Hotonga Hapori – Connecting Communities is about the wellbeing of communities and qualities of a neighbourhood that affect peoples’ wellbeing. It will also compare peoples’ wellbeing in urban communities where there is major housing redevelopment to the wellbeing of people living in communities unaffected by redevelopment.

The history


Te Hotonga Hapori – Connecting Communities is about the wellbeing of people living in urban communities and neighbourhoods. The study will look at the relationship between a community or neighbourhood and the wellbeing of the people who live there. What we learn through Te Hotonga Hapori may lead to improved housing redevelopment and better wellbeing outcomes for people and communities. Te Hotonga Hapori is the result of a collaborative, co-design process with a shared vision: to enhance the impact of urban redevelopment on community wellbeing.

Our goals


The main objectives of Te Hotonga Hapori are

  • To ensure the stories, histories, and experiences people value within their communities are heard by those who design and build neighbourhoods
  • To understand how people’s use of time and the places they move through impact their daily wellbeing
  • To explore how the way a home is designed affects individual and whānau wellbeing
  • To survey personal wellbeing over time in Kāinga Ora tenants living in diverse communities across the country
  • To track indicators of population wellbeing using anonymised administrative data
Project schedule


Te Hotonga Hapori is a five year research programme. While data collection should commence in 2022, the current Covid situation is creating uncertainty for both the research team and the communities we will be working with.

Projects 1, 2 and 3 – Community engagement is underway, guided by community leaders. Data collection is scheduled to commence in July 2022, however we  will continue to monitor the Covid situation.

Project 4 – Wellbeing in Kāinga Ora Communities – Online survey will be launched in July 2022, with further data collection waves in 2023 and 2024.

Project 5 – Tracking Indicators of National Wellbeing – This work is underway and findings will be released as they become available.