State of New Zealand Report for UNHabitat III




Habitat III, the 3rd bi-decennial United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development will be held this year in October.  The goal of the conference is to come up with a new urban agenda to tackle the challenges of the world’s urban areas, address climate change and deliver on the universal sustainable development goals.

The Urban Research Network at the University of Auckland has taken the initiative to support the production of “A State of New Zealand” report, produced by researchers throughout New Zealand using the eSocSci online platform (engaged Social Science). The project was led by Professor Dory Reeves and co-ordinated by Dr. Sandeeka Mannakkara.

Researchers throughout New Zealand have contributed to the report which is based on the United Nations National Report template and includes sections on:

  • Urban demographics 
  • Land and urban planning 
  • Environment and urbanisation 
  • Urban governance and legislation 
  • Urban economy 
  • Housing and basic services

The report presents the researcher’s view of the current situation in New Zealand, highlights the key challenges and puts forward suggestions to overcome these challenges.  This State of New Zealand report  acknowledges the unique partnership which exists in New Zealand between Māori and the Crown and it is the intention that each section speaks to the socio-cultural reality experienced by Māori as the indigenous partners to the Treaty of Waitangi. 

This is an important opportunity for researchers in New Zealand to contribute to the global and local debate about the new urban agenda. 

The report has been finalised and is now available.