What we do

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) leads New Zealand’s housing and urban development work programme.  We are responsible for strategy, policy, funding, monitoring and regulation of New Zealand’s housing and urban development system.

We’re working to:

  • address homelessness
  • increase public and private housing supply
  • modernise rental laws and rental standards
  • increase access to affordable housing, for people to rent and buy
  • support quality urban development and thriving communities.

We're not doing this work alone. We work closely with other central and local government agencies, the housing sector, communities and iwi.

Acts administered by HUD

We are responsible for the administration of 9 Acts of Parliament:

  • Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Act 2013
  • Housing Act 1955
  • Housing Assets Transfer Act 1993
  • Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities Act 2019
  • Public and Community Housing Management Act 19921
  • Residential Tenancies Act 1986
  • Retirement Villages Act 20032
  • Riccarton Racecourse Development Enabling Act 2016
  • Unit Titles Act 20103

Official Information Act requests

The Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) enables people in New Zealand to make a request for official information held by government agencies, including HUD.


Parts 4 and 10 only. Parts 6, 7, 8 and 9 are administered by the Ministry of Social Development. 
2 Except section 87(1) whereby the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment is responsible for the employment of the Registrar of Retirement Villages.
3 Except subpart 1 of Part 2 (which is administered by Land Information New Zealand) and subpart 1 of Part 4 (which is administered by the Ministry of Justice).

Published: May 18, 2020