What we do
Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shapes the direction and work programmes for housing and urban development in Aotearoa New Zealand. We're working to make significant, long-term change, while also helping people and communities with their immediate needs.
Setting the strategic direction
We’ve created a long-term plan for housing and urban development, through the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD) and MAIHI Ka Ora – the National Māori Housing Strategy. Together they provide a shared vision and direction for housing in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Our work areas
Our people, leadership and how we work are critical to our success. We have six business groups, led by five Deputy Chief Executives and the Director of the Office of the Chief Executive.
Te Kāhui Māori Housing
Te Kāhui Māori Housing ensures that we have the dedicated capability and capacity to boost housing and urban development outcomes for Māori so that whānau can live in a way that connects them to their identity, language and culture, their whenua and whakapapa.
Part of this work has been the development of the MAIHI - Framework for Action and the MAIHI Partnerships Programme, MAIHI Ka Ora - the National Māori Housing Strategy and the Progressive Home Ownership programme.
Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI) puts Māori at the heart of the Aotearoa New Zealand's housing narrative, acknowledges the history of Māori housing and responds to these needs through kaupapa Māori approaches.
It provides an overarching framework for communities, iwi, providers and government agencies to continue to work together and make the housing and urban system-wide changes that will provide for Māori housing aspirations.
Office of the Chief Executive
The Office of the Chief Executive provides advice and support to the Chief Executive.
This group also supports our governance arrangements and risk management practices, and manages our organisational change implementation.
Teams includes Advisory Risk & Assurance, and Business Transformation.
System Delivery and Performance
System Delivery and Performance is responsible for managing and monitoring delivery, in conjunction with Te Kāhui Māori Housing Solutions.
This group brings together delivery and supply functions, land acquisition and development, and the performance management of our contracts. The group also leads out on procurement for the organisation.
Teams include Housing and Services Delivery, Land and Acquisition Development, Partnerships & Performance, and Procurement.
Solutions Design and Implementation
Solutions Design and Implementation designs the detailed policy, legislation and funding settings and tools needed to achieve our system priorities. Where HUD has an implementation role, Solutions Design and Implementation is also responsible for this, including setting up any new functions that are needed.
This group also maintains and reviews legislation, regulation and settings for specific tools and products.
Teams include Policy and Legislation Design, Service Design and Operational Policy, Programme Implementation, and the Community Housing Regulatory Authority.
Organisational Performance supports the whole of HUD to drive efficiency and effectiveness and contributes to the overall performance of the organisation.
Teams includes Finance, Legal, People and Community, Communications and Engagement, Ministerial Services, and Crown Entity Monitoring.
Place aims to achieve better outcomes for our vulnerable communities, and to accelerate our Place-based and MAIHI responses.
Place will initially focus on a concentrated programme of work to help realise the housing aspirations of communities in both Rotorua and Northland, collaborating at a local level with central and local government, iwi and the private sector.
As with all the place-based partnerships, this group will be supported by the Partnership Directors and the Place-based Strategy team, in the Intelligence and System Direction group.
Intelligence and System Direction
Intelligence and System Direction actively sets our priorities for the housing and urban development system and drives work with others across HUD and the system to achieve outcomes.
The group has a focus on:
- the system as a whole, in the medium- to long-term
- the policy settings and key work programmes that are needed to achieve our priorities for the system; and
embedding our system response in places.
Teams include System Insights and Strategy and System Direction.
Acts we administer
HUD is responsible for, or has a role in the administration of these 11 Acts of Parliament:
- Housing Act 1955(external link)
- Residential Tenancies Act 1986(external link)
- Public and Community Housing Management Act 1992(external link) ( Parts 4 and 10 only)
- Housing Assets Transfer Act 1993(external link)
- Retirement Villages Act 2003(external link) ( except for section 87(1))
- Unit Titles Act 2010(external link) (Except subpart 1 of Part 2 and subpart 1 of Part 4)
- Riccarton Racecourse Development Enabling Act 2016(external link)
- Point England Development Enabling Act 2017(external link)
- Kāinga Ora-Homes and Communities Act 2019(external link)
- Infrastructure Funding and Financing Act 2020(external link)
- Urban Development Act 2020(external link)
We work with four ministers across the housing and urban development portfolios:
- Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Housing
- Hon Willie Jackson, Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing)
- Hon Barbara Edmonds
- Hon Marama Davidson – Associate Minister of Housing (Homelessness)
Working with partners and stakeholders
Everything we do is based on partnership and collaboration, we can’t do it alone.
We partner and collaborate with critical groups across the housing and urban development system:
- iwi and Māori, who are best placed to deliver effective housing and urban solutions for Māori communities
- Community Housing Providers, who play an important role in delivering long-term, affordable housing, through rental, mixed-tenure or progressive home ownership solutions
- social sector organisation, which support government to prevent and respond to homelessness and provide community support services
- local government, which promotes the social, economic and environmental and cultural wellbeing of their communities now and into the future
- the private sector, which plays the largest role in funding, financing, designing, constructing, delivering and maintaining the built environment.
We work with other Ministries and government departments to make sure we’re working together across government in a coordinated way.
Our annual reports, Briefings to Incoming Ministers and Statements of Strategic Intentions give more information on our strategy, what we’re working on, and how we’re tracking.
Our annual report outlines our progress each year and details our financial information.
Briefings to Incoming Ministers
We produce a Briefing to Incoming Ministers (BIMs) after a general election or a change in minister. The BIM provides an introduction to the housing and urban development portfolio and summarises key policy issues.
Statement of Strategic Intentions
Our Statement of Strategic Intentions outlines why housing and urban development matters to Aotearoa New Zealand. It summarises our strategic intentions and outlines our plans for organisational developments.