How we partner in communities and places

Partnerships provide a way for central government and local partners to decide how working together can address the housing and urban challenges in their community. All our partnerships apply a kaupapa Māori lens to deliver solutions that are relevant to and co-delivered by Māori.

Active partnerships

The map below shows our 10 active partnerships in communities across Aotearoa New Zealand, covering around 80% of the country’s population.

Map of New Zealand.

We have six urban growth partnerships in:

  • Auckland
  • Hamilton-Waikato
  • Tauranga-Western Bay of Plenty
  • Greater Wellington
  • Queenstown-Lakes
  • Greater Christchurch.

These support an integrated approach to land use and infrastructure planning for major urban areas and growth corridors. The urban growth partnerships are also starting to focus on housing issues. Find out more about urban growth partnerships.

Our other partnerships are supporting communities with poor housing outcomes in Te Tai Tokerau, Rotorua, Hastings and Tairāwhiti to achieve enduring improvements for their communities. 

While our partnerships are currently limited to the 10 places shown above, the government is delivering specific programmes and new public housing in other parts of the country as well. This is very different from the engagement in our partnership locations, which is broad and requires work with many stakeholders. We are monitoring the housing and urban situation across the country and will deepen our engagement in places if we feel a different approach is needed.


Here are the priorities that we apply across our partnerships.

Support Māori-led solutions

In our partnerships, we use a Te Maihi o te Whare Māori – Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI) framework to support Māori-led local solutions to ensure that Māori have safe, healthy and affordable homes with secure tenure.

Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga provides funding to support Māori housing supply objectives.

Support people at risk of or experiencing homelessness

Our partnership work supports people experiencing homelessness to access and sustain housing through delivery of the Aotearoa New Zealand Homelessness Action Plan initiatives.

We also work with Kāinga Ora, Community Housing Providers and other local partners to deliver on the Public Housing Plan.

Better planning

Our partnerships support better planning and land-use regulation, including through implementing the National Policy Statement – Urban Development (NPS-UD).

Liveable and resilient cities

We aim to support liveable and resilient cities that give people more and better options for housing and encourage lower emissions from urban form and construction, in line with the Urban Growth Agenda objectives.

Invest in infrastructure

Infrastructure investment is critical to build homes and communities. We work to align investment plans across different government agencies and councils, for greatest impact.

Affordable homes

Our partnerships work to ensure that more affordable homes are built by government and the private sector, and that there are pathways to affordable housing options.

Progressive Home Ownership supports individuals and whānau into home ownership, while build-to-rent provides long-term affordable rental accommodation to tenants. 

Published: August 4, 2021