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From time to time we seek public comment on a specific issue through a formal consultation process.

Open consultations

There are no open consultations at this time.

Closed consultations

Consultation on the following proposed legislative changes has closed.

Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development

The Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD) will communicate the long-term vision for our housing and urban development system, and how Government will work with others to make it happen.

We consulted on the key elements expected to be included in the GPS-HUD and asked people to provide their feedback by completing an online survey, contacting us directly or in small group meetings.

Consultation opened on 14 June and closed on 30 July 2021.

We are using these responses to help inform the final GPS-HUD.

For more information about what was proposed, visit the GPS-HUD page.  


Proposed National Policy Statement on Urban Development

All Kiwis deserve healthy and affordable homes and access to jobs, education, amenities and services. That is why we consulted on how we should plan for the future growth of our cities. The consultation closed at 5pm, Thursday 10 October, 2019.

We received more than 240 submissions. Alongside this feedback, more than seven thousand people attended meetings held in 30 towns and cities across New Zealand as a part of the roadshow outlining the NPS-UD and four other proposals from our Ministry for the Environment (MfE) and the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) colleagues. The roadshow included public and private sector meetings, sessions with local government and hui with local iwi/Māori. 

Now that the consultation period has ended:

  • officials will prepare a report that summarises the submissions and recommends changes in response
  • the report and recommendations will be presented to an independent technical advisory panel to review
  • officials will then seek agreement from Ministers to make any recommended changes to the proposals, and to approve the proposed NPS-UD
  • the submissions received, and the summary of submissions report will be made public once the policy is finalised.

If Ministerial and Cabinet approval is given, the proposed NPS-UD is likely to take effect in in mid-2020.

If you would like to continue to read up on the context and background for our proposal on a National Policy Statement on Urban Development, our website is still live - Consultation – Urban Development Policy

Healthy Homes Guarantee Act 2017 Regulations — Healthy Homes Standards

The Healthy Homes Standards consultation sought submissions from the public and industry on improving the quality of rental properties so tenants are happier and healthier. This consultation closed at 6pm, Monday 22 October, 2018.

Consultation — Healthy Homes Standards

Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986

The Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 sought submissions from the public and industry on proposed changes to the Act. This consultation closed at 5pm, Sunday, 21 October 2018.

The proposed reforms of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 aimed to:

  • promote good-faith relationships in the rental environment, and
  • ensure there are appropriate protections in place for both landlords and tenants.

Consultation - Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986


Urban Development Authorities

In February 2017, the Government sought feedback on proposed new legislation to allow central and local government to speed up and support projects by urban development authorities.

The consultation period closed in May 2017, and 350 submissions were received.

Urban Development Authorities consultation documents

Unit Titles Act 2010

In December 2016, a discussion document was released seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Unit Titles Act 2010.

The consultation period closed on 3 March 2017. A total of 119 submissions were received.

Unit Titles Act 2010 consultation documents

Published: September 23, 2021