Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is supporting the creation of Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities to deliver on the Government’s vision of healthy, secure and affordable homes within diverse and thriving communities.

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to establish Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities (previously known as the Housing and Urban Development Authority (HUDA)). It will consolidate three essential agencies with the capability for delivering the vision – Housing New Zealand, its subsidiary HLC and parts of the KiwiBuild Unit. The Bill also sets out the operating framework for Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities and states that strategic direction will be provided to the organisation through a government policy statement.

Once established, Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities will work across the entire housing spectrum to build complete, diverse communities that enable New Zealanders from all backgrounds to have similar opportunities in life. As a result, Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities will have two key focuses:

  • Being the lead developer and driving the delivery of affordable homes and public housing.
  • Being a world class public landlord, managing tenancies across New Zealand

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

See an infographic about Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities [PDF, 2.2 MB]

See the high level factsheet on Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities [PDF, 159 KB]

Who Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities will work with

Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities will work with councils and other development partners, including Māori and mana whenua, infrastructure providers and the private sector, to identify and deliver housing and urban projects.

Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities will be a world class public landlord

Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities 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, but there will be increased expectations on Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities to be a fair and reasonable landlord.

Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities will support Māori aspirations

Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities 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 Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities will do this through the Māori interests and aspirations factsheet [PDF, 163 KB] .

Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities will have development powers

Later this year, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development will introduce a Bill that will give Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities 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:

Public feedback 

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?

The Bill establishing Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities (the Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities―Homes and Communities Bill) will be referred to Select Committee. You can keep up to date with the progress of the Bill on the Parliament website.

Later this year, the Minister of Housing and Urban Development will introduce another Bill to give Kāinga Ora―Homes and Communities its more enabling development powers.

More information

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

Cabinet papers and related documents

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

Published: June 24, 2019

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