Long-term Insights Briefing

We are developing our Long-term Insights Briefing, intended to provide insight into medium and long-term trends in housing and urban development that will affect Aotearoa New Zealand.

Long-term Insights Briefings (Briefings) present an opportunity to identify and explore issues that matter for the future wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Briefings are a requirement of the Public Service Act designed to make available into the public domain:

  • information about medium and long-term trends, risks and opportunities that affect or may affect New Zealand and New Zealand society
  • information and impartial analysis, including policy options for responding to these matters.

As the agency responsible for strategy, policy, funding, monitoring, and regulation of Aotearoa New Zealand’s housing and urban development system, our Briefing will focus on medium and long-term trends for housing and urban development in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Developing a Long-term Insights Briefing

Long-term Insights Briefings must be published at least every three years.

The requirement to publish a Briefing is a statutory duty on departmental chief executives, independent of ministers. They differ from the advice that the public service provides ministers, or the accountability and planning documents prepared for Parliament.

Each agency developing a Briefing must consult with the public:

  • on the proposed subject matter for their briefing, and
  • on the draft briefing.

Find out more about the process for developing Long-term Insights Briefings on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

Our focus

We will explore the long-term implications of our ageing population on the future of housing and urban development in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our Briefing will focus on the implications of an ageing population on:

  • type of dwellings needed and how we need them to perform
  • the housing stock, its size, its position within towns and cities, and the design of neighbourhoods and the built environment.
  • housing affordability and security.

We will consider how population ageing affects housing outcomes for:

  • Māori
  • Pacific peoples
  • Seniors
  • Young people
  • People ageing with disability.

Our Briefing will also attend to how housing and urban development futures shaped by ageing population structures differ by region as well as in cities, towns, and rural areas.  

Published: October 27, 2021