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Framework for housing quality


Stats NZ Tatauranga Aotearoa Wellington, New Zealand


Framework for housing quality outlines the components, related definitions, and scope of the concept of housing quality. Currently, there is no official statistic measuring housing quality in
Aotearoa New Zealand. Developing a definition and conceptual framework is the first step in helping address that information gap.
A topic like housing quality is broad enough to encompass a number of interrelated aspects and dimensions, so a narrow definition would be insufficient.

In such cases, we often use a framework to capture an agreed way of thinking about the topic in question.

Frameworks are a good way of mapping out a topic – collating, describing, and defining all its different parts.
In the data system, frameworks play a crucial role in developing measures, but they should be broad enough to encompass all the different aspects of a topic, even if not all of them can be easily measured.

Stats NZ, working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ). Māori advisors and other stakeholders, including government agencies and non-government organisations, were consulted over the course of this project. This publication draws from extensive research, consultation, and the working group’s findings from the public consultation held in October 2018.

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