Housing and Urban Development Authority

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is supporting the creation of a new Housing and Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to deliver on the Government’s vision of healthy, secure and affordable homes within diverse and thriving communities.

The Authority will be established by consolidating three essential agencies with the capability for delivering the vision – Housing New Zealand, its subsidiary HLC (Homes. Land. Community.) and KiwiBuild.

Once established, the Authority will be responsible for leading urban development projects, both large and small, and managing public housing. As a result HUDA will have two key focuses:

  • Being the lead developer and driving the delivery of 100,000 KiwiBuild homes
  • Being a world class public landlord, managing tenancies across New Zealand

Read the Minister of Housing and Urban Development’s announcement on the Beehive website

Find out more about the Authority with the high level factsheet [PDF, 238 KB]

Find out more about the Authority with the summary presentation [PDF, 1.8 MB]

See an infographic about the Authority [PDF, 2.2 MB]

Who the Authority will work with

HUDA will work with councils and other development partners, including Māori, infrastructure providers and the private sector, to identify and deliver housing and urban projects.

The Authority will be a world class public landlord

The Authority will provide the housing functions currently being performed by Housing New Zealand. This includes managing tenancies, building, upgrading, and repairing public housing.

For existing Housing New Zealand tenants, there will be no change to the tenancies or the services received.

The Authority will support Māori aspirations

The Authority will recognise and promote Māori aspirations to participate in urban development opportunities, while ensuring their interests are appropriately protected. You can find out more about how HUDA will do this through the Māori interests and aspirations factsheet [PDF, 314 KB] .


The Authority will have development powers

The Authority will have access to a range of statutory powers that it can use to enable large and complex urban development projects at scale and pace. These include:

  • shortened planning and consenting processes
  • building and changing infrastructure
  • funding for infrastructure and development activities
  • bringing together parcels of land
  • reconfiguring reserves.

These powers already exist. They are just spread between different parts of central and local government. You can find out more about each of the more enabling development powers in the factsheets about each one:

What the public said about the Authority 

In February 2017, the previous Government issued a discussion document on urban development authorities. Consultation closed in May 2017 with 350 submissions received. This feedback informed the current policy decisions.

Urban Development Authorities consultation

What happens next?

There is more work to do on the transition plan and the Minister of Housing and Urban Development will report to Cabinet early next year with details.

More information

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development has released all Cabinet papers about the Authority. In these documents you can find out more about the advice and decision-making processes behind the creation of the Authority.

Cabinet papers and related documents

For more information on HUDA please email your enquiry to info@hud.govt.nz

Published: Dec 13, 2018