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Our work areas

HUD works across the housing and urban development system in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our work is divided into five programme areas.

System Performance

The System Performance group leads and coordinates delivery on our cross-system leadership role, helps build and support our organisation through enabling our people, and enables effective communications and engagement with the public and our stakeholders. The group helps shape and support the delivery of HUD's purpose and strategic direction, delivers research and insights about the housing and urban systems and undertakes HUD's regulatory oversight and monitoring functions.

The System Performance group also leads HUD’s input into priority Government programmes including:

  • the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development
  • the Urban Growth Agenda
  • Resource Management Act reform
  • Climate Change mitigation and adaption.

Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora

Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora  is HUD's Māori Housing Unit, which works 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.

It works closely with:

  • Whānau, hapū and iwi
  • Te Puni Kōkiri
  • Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities
  • Other agencies across the housing system.

This collaborative approach has led to developing the MAIHI - Framework for Action and the MAIHI Partnerships Programme, the 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.

The Māori Housing Strategy is 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.

It leads the Progressive Home Ownership programme, which works with housing providers, iwi and Māori organisations to support individuals and whānau who have been priced out of the market into homeownership.

Housing Supply, Response and Partnerships

The Housing Supply, Response and Partnerships group works to find, create and fund solutions for everyone in a vulnerable housing situation to live in a place they call home.  It leads work to address the housing needs of New Zealand’s most vulnerable both now and in the future. The group led the development and is coordinating the implementation of, the Aotearoa Homelessness Action Plan (2020-2023).

The Housing Supply, Response and Partnerships group includes both policy and delivery-focused functions, providing advice to the Government on preventing and reducing homelessness, and funding the delivery of public housing, transitional housing, and housing-related support services to tackle homelessness in New Zealand.

It works closely with other parts of the Ministry and with our partners, including:

  • Ministry of Social Development
  • Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities
  • community and transitional housing providers
  • developers
  • social services
  • councils
  • other agencies.

Place-based Policy and Programmes

The Place-based Policy and Programmes group takes a lead role in developing, influencing and implementing policy, legislation and interventions to improve housing and urban development outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand. The group works with Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, other government agencies, councils, iwi, the private sector and others based in the community to:

  • help to ensure the right regulatory and funding settings are in place to enable development and support housing supply in the places that need it most
  • influence national approaches to addressing housing and urban development challenges and opportunities, and adapt national policy settings to suit local needs
  • undertake integrated urban development planning
  • take a place-based approach to housing and urban development challenges in a particular area to make a real, tangible difference on the ground
  • deliver affordable homes and public housing on Crown or private land.

The group leads work on:

  • our place-based approach
  • improving housing supply and affordability (rental and ownership)
  • large scale development projects
  • regulatory tools to unlock housing and urban development
  • Urban Growth Partnerships
  • infrastructure funding and financing
  • the Land for Housing programme
  • policy support for Kāinga Ora
  • public housing funding settings
  • and regulation of tenancies, Retirement Villages, Unit Titles and Property Managers.

Organisational Performance

The Organisational Performance group was established as a temporary group in May 2021, while work is underway on considering our future operating model and how we set ourselves up. The group leads work to ensure our core functions are fit for purpose, and includes the Finance and Procurement, Legal, Governance and Ministerial Services, and Risk teams.

Published: September 23, 2021

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