The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development works with central and local government agencies, the housing sector and communities across New Zealand to:
- improve housing affordability and supply
- ensure tenants live in warm, dry, healthy and safe rental housing, and
- improve housing quality and choices for Māori and their whānau.
KiwiBuild is about restoring the dream of home ownership to families throughout New Zealand, by providing eligible first home buyers with exclusive access to a range of fixed price modest starter homes. KiwiBuild does this by supporting developers to build more quality, affordable houses, and connecting them with eligible KiwiBuild buyers through a ballot process.
We're working with other government and housing sector agencies to deliver a comprehensive work programme to improve housing affordability.
That work programme includes KiwiBuild, new Housing Affordability Measures, and changes to Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas legislation.
Healthy rental homes
The Government is committed to creating warmer, drier rental homes for tenants. It's currently consulting on proposed Healthy Homes Standards, and made recent changes to legislation to require insulation and smoke alarms in rental properties.
He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata — the Māori Housing Strategy aims to improve Māori housing over the period 2014 to 2025.
The focus is to:
- improve the housing situation of Māori and their whānau, and
- help Māori organisations create more housing options for Māori.
A retirement village contains 2 or more residential units to provide residential accommodation with services and/or facilities.
Retirement village operators are governed by legislation and regulations designed to protect the interests and wellbeing of current and intending residents.
Tenancy and rentals
The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the RTA) came into force more than 30 years ago. To ensure it remains fit for purpose, a number of legislative changes are planned or already underway.