Healthy homes needed for NZ to prosper

A health expert believes New Zealand won't prosper until our homes become healthier.

The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine believes our country could be facing a health epidemic if living conditions don't improve.

They believe we could have a repeat of the mid 90's, when a major meningococcal outbreak hit the country, if overcrowding and issues like mould aren't addressed.

President of the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine, Julia Peters, says as a country we need to ask why we have this problem.

"For our population to be healthy, and to prosper, people need to have affordable and healthy housing, and I think that we need to, as a country, be really looking at how we're going to make this happen."

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