Take a community-led approach

This page is a high-level guide to support communities to develop and implement their own approach to housing and urban development.

Community-led development

Community-led development strengthens the vitality of communities by mobilising everyone connected to a place or whenua. The Inspiring Communities website explains community-led development and provides tools and examples for making it happen.

You’ll also find examples of how different communities are working to address their housing and urban issues.

If you're aware of other good resources or examples we could link to, email us at placebased@hud.govt.nz.

A guide to taking a community-led approach

Bring people together

Bring together key people with an interest and expertise in housing and urban development. Focus discussion on the actions that need to be taken and be willing to think differently.

Understand the landscape

Build a collective understanding of the issues, underlying causes, housing need, available land and constraints (e.g. natural hazards, infrastructure capacity), links to employment, transport and amenities.

We know that councils already have a lot of valuable information. Some resources that might also be helpful:

Understand what’s already happening

Look into what is already happening in your community in terms of housing development; for example by iwi, Community Housing Providers and private developers. Consider how you best work together and share information to improve the housing and urban situation.

Councils can play a led role in coordinating a local housing network or similar group.

Discuss solutions needed

A place-based approach recognises that different communities have different needs and will require different solutions. Identify the strategies or approaches that will best address the circumstances in your community.

Some examples of these are:

  • Enabling development on Māori land
  • Improving planning of infrastructure investment and agreeing priority areas/’no go’ areas for future growth (spatial plan)
  • Changing planning rules to encourage medium density housing
  • Reducing impact of seasonal worker accommodation requirements.

Read an example of the Hastings place-based approach [PDF, 803 KB]

Make a short-term plan

Develop a short-term plan, with prioritised actions.

In addition to local funding, Kāinga Ora, Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Te Puni Kōkiri can inform you about government funding sources you might be eligible for.

You’ll need to think about governance and monitoring in your plan. You’ll also need to work to engage the community.

Make a long-term plan

Most housing and urban challenges will require deep change. Once you’ve started, you’ll need to plan for the longer term. For example, what population change is expected? What infrastructure investment needs to be planned?

Organisations that can help

Kāinga Ora regional directors can help communities work with the Government on housing issues.

Contact Kāinga Ora

We work closely with Kāinga Ora, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Te Puni Kōkiri.

Māori housing

Contact the Whai Kāinga Whai Oranga Interagency team at WKWO@hud.govt.nz for any enquiries about funding for Māori housing

Alternatively, get in touch with your local Te Puni Kōkiri regional office for enquiries around papakāinga developments and housing repairs.

Published: November 18, 2021