Our Story, Structure & Goals

Wellington Regional Healthy Housing Group (WRHHG) is made up of central government departments, local councils, district health boards and Regional Public Health, as well as research, social outreach, health and community organisations.  The Group was formalised in 2018 with the signing of an MoU and our first collective Strategy and Action Plan was agreed in September 2019.  [Download these below]

Our Vision is that:

‘Everyone in the Wellington region lives in warm, dry and safe housing by 2025’.

Our work is focused on three key areas:




The Group seeks to influence the following areas where they intersect with the provision of healthy housing:

  • Homelessness
  • Location and supply of housing
  • Behaviour change and cultural awareness
  • Urban design and planning process
  • Policy development in local and central government.
  • Social connectedness

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Structure and Governance

We operate on a collective impact model of shared governance, strategic planning, community involvement and evaluation. We commit to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles with a view to reducing inequities and improving health outcomes for Māori, upholding the partnership relationship and working together in a spirit of collaboration and collective responsibility.

Membership of the Group is open to any organisation that shares our vision. One or more representatives of each member organisation are part of the Steering Group. The Steering Group meets on quarterly basis. The day-to-day business of the Group is managed by a Working Group of approximately 10 people that meets monthly.  Meet our Working Group here.


You can also download our Memorandum of Understanding here, and our current Strategy and Action Plan here.

Our Goals

  • All rental properties, including social housing, to meet the Healthy Homes Standard by 1 July 2024 or earlier.
  • All owner-occupied housing to meet the HomeFit standard by 2025.
  • Zero hospitalisations of children, Maori, Pacific and over-65s for housing-related illnesses.

Areas of Influence

  • Quality standards for all types of housing in legislation by 2025 (owner-occupied and rentals).
  • Zero homelessness in the Wellington region by 2025.