Vision and outcomes

The GPS-HUD outlines the Government’s vision for housing and urban development, informed by four aspirational outcomes we are working towards.


Our vision is that everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand lives in a home and within a community that meets their needs and aspirations.

Homes should be:

  • stable and affordable
  • healthy and of a high quality
  • accessible
  • environmentally sustainable and energy efficient.

There will be homes of different sizes, layouts, and tenure types, reflecting the diversity in household sizes and structures. They should meet people’s needs over their lifetime and support their overall wellbeing.

Places should be:

  • accessible
  • connected
  • well designed and resilient.

The places we live should reflect our culture and our heritage, enable and encourage people to come together as a community, and have a low environmental impact.

The location and design of homes will support us to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.


Informing this vision are four aspirational outcomes we are working towards.


What we expect to see

Thriving and resilient communities


Everyone is living in communities that meet their needs. The places where people live are accessible and connected to employment, education, social and cultural opportunities. They grow and change well within environmental limits, support our culture and heritage, are resilient to natural hazards, and help us reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate.


  • People feel at home in the places they live
  • Communities are connected to jobs, education and training, health and support services, amenities and sports and leisure activities
  • Safe and reliable access to places for families, young people, people over 65, and people living with a disability
  • Public transport and active transport networks are at the heart of community and urban development
  • Urban development supports ecosystem health and improves biodiversity, water quality and air quality, protects places of significant cultural value and provides a sense of place, belonging and continuity
  • Communities are planning, prepared for and adapting to the effects of climate change
  • Urban design supports reduced emissions (including building material, construction practices and whole of life) and resilience to natural hazards

Wellbeing through housing


Everyone lives in a home, whether rented or owned, that is stable and affordable. The quality, accessibility, size, and features of our homes support people and families to live healthy, successful lives.


  • Houses are warm and dry
  • Communities are well serviced for adequate housing, and people are living in quality homes that meet their needs
  • People have enough residual income after direct and indirect living costs to meet their needs (for example, housing and transport costs)
  • More housing supply in more places, supplied at a lower cost, and offering a greater variety of housing types (sizes, typologies, tenures) and locations
  • Houses are built, repaired, renovated, or replaced to be accessible and meet the needs of our changing population
  • The rental market (private, public and third sector or not-for-profit housing) provides healthy and stable housing
  • Public housing is provided for those that need it
  • There is a strong community housing sector partnering with government to provide affordable housing options
  • Homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.

Māori housing through partnership


Māori and the Crown are working together in partnership to ensure all whānau have safe, healthy affordable homes with secure tenure. Māori housing solutions are led by Māori and are delivered locally. Māori are able to use their own assets and whenua Māori to invest in and support housing solutions.


  • Māori and the Crown are operating in genuine Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership that is successfully delivering better local housing solutions for whānau whether those solutions are urban, community or whenua Māori based
  • Māori can easily access support to grow capacity and capability from across the system through a ‘one door’ approach
  • Intergenerational wellbeing outcomes, Māori home ownership rates, and all other measures are improved across the Māori housing continuum. This means all whānau have safe healthy affordable homes with secure tenure

An adaptive and responsive system


The system is integrated, self-adjusting and delivers in response to emerging challenges and opportunities. Land, infrastructure, and housing supply is responsive to demand, well-planned and well-regulated.


  • People have the tools to make good decisions and deliver without the need for ad-hoc changes to settings
  • Housing supply responds and adapts at pace to evolving demand
  • Regulatory and institutional settings enable increased housing supply and urban change (densification and expansion, mixed land use, accessibility, connectivity)
  • Investment settings enable increased housing supply (at greater pace and lower cost) and stability in construction pipelines and economic cycles
  • Improved evidence and information to support good decision-making
  • Increased innovation, productivity, capacity and capability in the building and construction sector
  • Partnerships and collaboration deliver place-based approaches to development

Published: September 28, 2021