Kiwis shivering in damp and cramped homes

02:01, Apr 18 2013

A third of New Zealanders are living in cramped or damp houses according to a report out today.

More than 37 per cent of Kiwis are living in cold or damp houses, or in homes which are too small for their needs, according to Statistics New Zealand's Perception of Housing Quality Report.

The data revealed a strong correlation between standard of living and housing problems, with people in lower socio-economic brackets three or four times as likely to report cold or damp houses.

Maori and Pacific Islanders were proportionately more likely to be in a cold or damp home.

Renters were also more likely to have issues than homeowners, as were 24-44 year olds.

A quarter of people renting homes - around 275,000 - said they were too cold.


One in five people aged between 24 and 44, around 231,000 people, said they lived in a house which was too cold and 167,000 said their house was damp.

House size was another a problem.

Pacific Islanders and Maori were again over-represented - one and a half times more likely to have a house which they considered too small.

Single parents were also more likely to be living in cold, damp or small house compared to the population.

Stats NZ surveyed 8,550 people in 2010 and 2011 as part of the NZ General Social Survey, which takes place every two years.