Our National Science Challenge is called ‘Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities: Ko ngā wā kāinga hei papakainga’ (BBHTC). It will identify new ways of living that reflect Aotearoa’s unique identity, and respond to our changing lifestyle needs and aspirations.

Guided by the principles of mātauranga, the Challenge seeks innovative, affordable and flexible solutions for our homes, towns and cities. This will enable us to create residential environments that suit the needs of our multi-cultural society. Included among these are effects of accelerating climate change and dynamic population shifts.  

The Challenge parties will partner with industry, iwi, communities and government, both local and central, to deliver robust evidence. They will also seek to improve end-to-end industry and regulatory processes. 

The research outcomes will support New Zealanders to embrace change, and to understand what sustainable and effective land-use means for our 21st-century lives. 

Our goal is to create distinctive ‘Kiwi’ homes, towns and cities. These will offer a greater choice of living styles, nurture our sense of community, and enable us all to live well.

The Challenge’s objective is to improve the quality and supply of housing and create smart and attractive urban environments through:

1.      an improved housing stock;

2.      meeting future demand for affordable housing;

3.      taking up innovation and productivity improvement opportunities;

4.      improving urban environments and residents' well-being; and

5.      better systems for improved land-use decisions.