Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is currently seeking feedback from the retirement village sector and the public on proposed changes to the Retirement Villages Act 2003 and its associated regulations and codes.

As part of our process to get your feedback, we are holding workshops for any interested parties beginning in Wellington on Wednesday 25 October. Other workshops will be held in Christchurch on Friday 27 October and Auckland on Wednesday 1 November and Thursday 2 November. Details about the workshops including how to RSVP to attend can be found on the Retirement Villages Act, Regulations and Codes page on this website.

The feedback we get will be integral to our current review of the Act which considers whether the current legislation and whether it remains fit for purpose to ensure adequate consumer protections for residents and intending residents of retirement villages. Is there an effective balance between the rights and responsibilities of residents and operators of retirement villages? Our review seeks to address this question and others to also ensure the ongoing viability of the retirement village sector and its ability to provide a range of retirement housing options and consumer choice.

We want to hear from retirement village residents, their families, prospective residents, operators, sector bodies, legal advisers, and anyone else who has an interest in retirement villages.

If you are unable to attend one of our workshops, there are other ways you can provide your feedback to us. The closing date for submissions is Monday 20 November 2023. 

To help you with your submission, we have published a discussion paper, Review of the Retirement Villages Act 2003: options for change, and a summary discussion paper, both of which set out proposals relating to the three main stages of retirement village living: moving in, living in, and moving out.

You can find the discussion and summary documents, along with more information about making a submission, on our consultation website(external link)