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September 13, 2017 posted by Unity Wellington

Launch | Cities in New Zealand edited by Philippa Howden-Chapman, Lisa Early & Jenny Ombler | Thursday 21st September, 5 – 6:30pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington

Launch | Cities in New Zealand edited by Philippa Howden-Chapman, Lisa Early & Jenny Ombler | Thursday 21st September, 5 – 6:30pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington

Join Unity Books & Steele Roberts for the launch of

Cities in New Zealand: Preferences, Patterns & Possibilities

Edited by Philippa Howden-Chapman, Lisa Early & Jenny Ombler



In-store at Unity Books Wellington 57 Willis St,
Thursday 21st September, 5-6:30pm

All Welcome


Most New Zealanders live in urban areas. We want our cities to be prosperous, socially inclusive, and enjoyable places to be. We need our cities to be healthy environments, responsive to population growth, and resilient to natural disasters and climate change. The people who take decisions about our cities, including local and central governments and all citizens, have opportunities to influence and shape sustainable cities where residents flourish.

This book outlines the latest thinking about the preferences people have for their urban life, the patterns of urban development in Aotearoa, and the possibilities for our cities in the future. It takes a systems view, where all the components that make up the city are interlinked, so that a decision to change one aspect of the urban fabric can also affect other parts of the city system. Where we choose to build new houses and apartments affects housing and transport costs, access of the residents to social amenities, opportunities to increase healthy modes of transport such as walking and cycling, the amount of air pollution, and many other factors.

To explore the diverse aspects of New Zealand cities, the chapters in this book draw on the knowledge of a wide range of experts. They are researchers, economists and scientists from universities, including Otago, Auckland, Massey, Victoria and Canterbury, and from Waiti, NIWA, and Motu Economic and Public Policy Research. The book considers the experiences of urban Māori, the creation of community, issues for urban transport and infrastructure, housing and housing affordability, ideas for compact cities, urban planning and governance, and what growing cities mean for our environment.

Cities in New Zealand is a call to everyone who has a stake in our cities to take hopeful action, so that our cities provide us, our children, and grandchildren with places for a good life.


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