Built environment

The built environment affects our everyday lives in both negative and positive ways. Urban areas, the form, shape, and accessibility of homes, work, and play all have a direct influence on the quality of our lives. To ensure we all have happy and healthy urban environments, it is essential that everyone has easy and efficient access to everyday facilities, such as grocery stores, medical centres, pharmacies, workplaces, schools, living areas, and recreational areas.

In this section

  • Most of us live, work, learn and play in urban environments. Around 84 percent of New Zealanders live in urban areas. We thrive best when these environments support our health, safety and wellbeing. Read more
  • Management of air quality in New Zealand is undertaken to protect communities and the environment from the adverse effects of air pollution. Read more
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