This site is dedicated to people empowering older people's housing decisions. We all want a positive experience of ageing, to be valued and to live in the places we can feel connected to. The Good Homes research focuses on helping older people to have safe, healthy and affordable homes which protect them in good and bad times, so they can stay in their own homes and communities for longer.

Our research found that older people often put off repairs because they feel it’s too hard and would cost too much. We’ve transformed our findings into practical action. These Tools are now available to be downloaded free of charge.

Resilient Communities Doing Better in Bad Times: this research aims to help older people and their communities to look at the way people can prepare their homes to be more resilient during adverse events and recover better after them.

Finding the Best Fit: Our research found that for older people housing decisions were more often about rightsizing than downsizing and there were advantages to staying, as well as moving. We worked with older people and organisations who support them to develop a practical decision support tool - My Home, My Choices.

Life When Renting: Current NZ research around housing and older people focuses on older owner occupiers. This research aims to provide a robust evidential basis for promoting ageing well and ageing in place in a rental reliant future by exploring the experience of, and issues facing, older renters in NZ.

Getting Decisions for Homes and Cities That Work: This research focuses on understanding and changing the way different actors in the building and housing sphere relate to one another to help us get better homes, towns and cities.

Homes Built for Real Lives, Great Futures: This research aims to explore ways to revitalise the production of affordable homes to provide for successful, engaged and healthy lives.

Affordable Housing for Generations: This research aims to develop research based solutions to alleviate the crisis of affordable housing and housing affordable to key workers in order to sustain people in their homes and communities over generations and contribute to thriving regions.

FAAB Small Homes: This research considers the interaction between size, build costs and affordability and accessibility/functionality . It addresses a new and neglected dimension of accessible housing. That is, the extent to which the introduction of requirements around accessible design may compromise the production of small homes.

The research programmes on these pages have been funded primarily through Public Good Science Funding.