Ranui Urban Concept Plan HIA

Ranui is a community in Waitakere City, Auckland, with a high number of children and young people and high levels of social and economic deprivation.

Ranui is a community in Waitakere City, Auckland, with a high number of children and young people and high levels of social and economic deprivation. Ranui residents have reported a strong sense of community and belonging. The Waitakere City Council is developing a Ranui Urban Concept Plan to set out how the Ranui centre could grow and evolve over the next decade.

This report presents the process and findings of a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the draft Ranui Urban Concept Plan (June 2008) and the majority of information in this report is in relation to that draft.

The work was initiated and funded by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS). Quigley and Watts Ltd led the HIA, in partnership with Waitakere City Council (WCC) and ARPHS.

Overall, the HIA found the Ranui Urban Concept Plan has good potential to contribute to greater social connectedness and wellbeing, as long as adequate actions are taken to mitigate unintended adverse effects including possible displacement from housing, housing un-affordability or unsuitability of housing design. Several information gaps were identified in the course of undertaking the HIA. In particular there is a need for research with Pacific peoples on housing needs and preferences, and with young people on the design of the village green.

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