DOI: 10.1111/nzg.12382 ISSN: 0028-8144

A missed opportunity for health promotion? Perceptions of large‐scale housing developments in Aotearoa New Zealand

Mirjam Schindler
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Geography, Planning and Development


Large‐scale housing developments (LHD) are increasingly being used to accommodate population growth in (sub)urban Aotearoa, but their market‐oriented and delivery‐focused approach raises questions about whether resulting housing supplies meet residents' expectations for a healthy living environment. Based on a mixed‐methods survey with expert and non‐expert residents in the Wellington Region, this research critically examines LHD and underscores the pressing need for a stronger emphasis on health promotion in rapidly growing (sub)urban environments. The study reveals a strong desire among study participants for more social infrastructure in LHD, responsibility on part of LHD developers towards communal values and community engagement.

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