Life When Renting

Research Project Title

Independence and Housing Tenure

Principal Investigators

Exploring the impacts of rental housing into the future.
Exploring the impacts of rental housing into the future.

Research outline

This research is about the future of older people in an increasingly diverse New Zealand where structural population ageing is taking place at the same time as a housing tenure revolution.

From the highest rates of home ownership in the western world, NZ’s owner occupation rates are falling rapidly to levels that prevailed in the 1930s. How will this rising reliance on the (mainly private) rental market impact on older people into the future?

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We ask to what extent will reliance on the rental market:

      • Inhibit or support older people’s wellbeing and independence
      • Promote or reduce older people’s on-going social, economic and cultural contributions and reciprocities
      • Reduce or support the mitigation of mental, physical, or cognitive disability to maximise engagement and personal dignity

Our research explores those impacts and dynamics.

Age Concern group work
Age Concern representatives contribute to planning.

We work with older people and stakeholders in New Zealand’s diverse communities to identify adaptive strategies and tools that will mitigate negative impacts and optimise opportunities for older people. We aim to not only add life to their own years but continue to be productive, contributing and valued members of their communities.

This is multi-method research which combines demographic and quantitative data with working with older people and communities to explore the impacts of tenure on older people and community well-being.

Anticipated end date: June 2019.

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