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How we're partnering with communities

A place-based approach means local action in some communities, while other communities might benefit from adjustments to national settings. Here are some of the approaches we're taking. 

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Partnerships to address long-standing issues

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is taking a place-based approach to housing in key regional locations with high needs, working with Kāinga Ora, councils, iwi and others based in the community to develop and implement joined up local solutions. 

Communities: Northland-Te Tai Tokerau, Rotorua, Gisborne - Tairāwhiti, Hastings



Urban Growth Partnership area

The Urban Growth Partnerships provide a forum for central government, local government and mana whenua to collaborate on the strategic direction for New Zealand's high-growth urban areas or corridors. With a focus on a long-term and integrated approach to land use and infrastructure planning, they inaugurate a collaborative approach that will become more commonplace under the proposed resource management reforms. 

Communities: Auckland, Hamilton-Auckland corridor, Tauranga-Western Bay of Plenty, Wellington-Horowhenua, Greater Christchurch, Queenstown Lakes



Locations where public housing need is urgent

As outlined in the Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 the Government has identified regional centres where the need for public housing has grown the fastest and a step change is required. These are locations where population has exceeded new housing development leading to rising rents and housing shortfalls. 

Communities: Northland-Te Tai Tokerau, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne - Tairāwhiti, Napier, Hastings, Whanganui, Palmerston North

Partnerships to address long-standing issues

Communities with long-standing housing and urban issues need close engagement to tackle them in an enduring way. Here are some examples of these partnerships at work.


The Hastings place-based approach is making good progress to understand the specific housing challenges for Hastings and tailoring responses for them.

The agencies and organisations involved with the Ministry are:


The Rotorua place-based partnership has supported action on the ground relating to homelessness and emergency housing.

Other significant achievements include:

  • the development of the Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) and Te Arawa led Rotorua Housing Strategy
  • Kāinga Ora entering into a long-term partnership with Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands to support progressing development of 1100 sections
  • shovel ready investment of $55 million in stormwater and transport infrastructure to enable development by Ngāti Whakaue.

Urban growth partnerships

The place-based approach aims to ensure our urban communities are set up for growth.

Urban growth partnerships are partnerships between the Crown, local government, iwi and local communities to align government infrastructure investment for thriving communities.

There are currently partnerships underway in:

  • Auckland
  • Hamilton-Auckland corridor
  • Tauranga-Western Bay of Plenty.

Public housing

The place-based approach supports public housing delivery in communities that need it.

The Public Housing Plan is the Government’s response to the increasing demand for public housing across New Zealand over the next four years. Read the Public Housing Plan for an overview of the current and planned housing supply. 

Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI)

MAIHI sets a precedent for working in partnership with Māori and was developed with input from key partners across the Māori housing community.

Our place-based approach complements our MAIHI approach, which considers how our people, families and whānau wish to live. It applies a kaupapa Māori lens to deliver solutions that are relevant to, and co-delivered by Māori, and that protect the cultural inheritance of tangata whenua.

Published: August 4, 2021