Government Policy Statement (GPS)

The Government Policy Statement on Housing & Urban Development (GPS-HUD) will communicate the Government’s long-term vision for the housing and urban development system, to help build consensus on what New Zealand wants for the future, and to help align the different players to ensure we get there.

The purpose of the GPS-HUD is to:

  • build consensus on what New Zealand wants for the future of housing and urban development, and help align the different players and interests to ensure we get there
  • provide specific direction and support to Kāinga Ora as the Government’s lead housing provider and urban developer
  • inform and guide the decisions and actions of all other New Zealand government agencies involved in housing and urban development
  • provide more certainty to everyone operating in the system about how the government will operate and invest in housing and urban development
  • provide confidence to all New Zealanders about their future wellbeing

The responsible Ministers for the GPS-HUD are the Minister of Housing and the Minister of Finance. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is leading the development of the draft GPS with support from other government agencies.

The inaugural GPS-HUD needs to be published by October 2021, and will be reviewed every 3 years.

 

Frequently asked questions

What will the GPS-HUD cover?

The Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Act 2019 says the GPS-HUD must include:

  • The Government’s overall direction and priorities for housing and urban development, which must include a multi-decade outlook
  • How the Government expects Kāinga Ora to manage its functions and operations to meet the Government’s direction and priorities (this is binding on Kāinga Ora)
  • How the Government expects other agencies to support the direction and priorities
  • The Government’s expectations in relation to Maori interests, partnering with Maori and protections for Maori interests.
  • How the Government expects Kāinga Ora to recognise the need to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change

How will it be developed?

The GPS will be developed by working with partners and stakeholders to build an understanding of what New Zealand wants for the future of housing and urban development, and how the GPS can help deliver this.

Preparation of the GPS will be spilt into four phases;

  1. In the first phase, we will have targeted engagement with a wide range of partners and stakeholders.
  2. In the second phase, we will consolidate the views from stakeholders and prepare the draft GPS.
  3. In the third phase, we will publicly consult on the draft GPS.
  4. For the final phase, we will consolidate the views heard from the public and prepare a final GPS for recommendation to the Minister and Cabinet.

What is the timeline? Who is involved?

What is the timeline for GPS? Who is involed?

How will the GPS-HUD be implemented and how will it make a difference?

The challenges New Zealand is facing with housing and urban development are complex and systemic. To improve outcomes, we need the different players in the system to work towards an agreed and durable long-term direction.

For the GPS-HUD to have the impact required to shift the system, it is important to build consensus and get buy-in from industry, local government and others. Developing a shared vision for the future of the system will ensure the GPS-HUD is effective. The GPS-HUD provides binding direction to Kāinga Ora and guidance for other agencies involved in housing and urban development. This means that other players looking to partner with government can have more certainty about the overall vision and strategy.

More information

For more information on the Government Policy Statement (GPS-HUD) please email your enquiry to HUD_GPS@hud.govt.nz

Published: August 31, 2020

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