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.

Read more about MAIHI Ka Ora

Read more about GPS-HUD

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.

Read more about MAIHI

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

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: 

Our ministers 

We work with two ministers across the housing and urban development portfolios:

  • Hon Chris Bishop, Minister of Housing
  • Hon Tama Potaka, Associate Minister of Housing (Social Housing)

 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.  

Corporate publications 

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. 

Annual reports 

Our annual report outlines our progress each year and details our financial information.

Annual Report 2022-2023  (PDF, 25 MB)

Annual Report 2021-2022 (PDF, 7.9 MB)

Annual Report 2020-2021 

Annual Report 2019-2020 

Annual Report 2018-2019 

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. 

Briefing to Incoming Ministers - November 2023 (PDF, 9.7 MB)

Briefing to Incoming Ministers – November 2020 

Briefing to Incoming Minister – July 2019 

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. 

HUD Statement of Strategic Intentions 2021 - 2026

HUD Statement of Strategic Intentions 2019 - 2023