The proposed research project is a review of local and international research on the determinants of housing tenure and their relationship to health equalities. Health and economic status are inextricably linked, and tenure choice is also linked to economic imperatives. The review will identify the key factors of circumstances associated with choice and establish the survey and analysis methodologies best designed to understand the longer-term health, social and economic implications of the tenure and location choices made by indigenous and migrant populations globally. The project aims to build on existing platforms of knowledge to increase the ability of New Zealand policy makers to understand how demographic and economic growth impact on community and family health with relation to housing, and how best to meet these challenges. The literature review will provide the intellectual context not only for my research on housing with the Ngaitai Reserves and Marae Trustees, and also for a proposed larger project on the tenure choices of 20 - 40 year old households in the Auckland region.