Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) leads New Zealand’s housing and urban development work programme. It is working to:
- address homelessness
- increase public and private housing supply
- modernise rental laws and rental standards
- increase access to affordable housing, for people to rent and buy
- support quality urban development and thriving communities.
This includes the development and implementation of the Māori and Iwi Housing Innovation (MAIHI) Framework for Action led by HUD’s Māori Housing Unit – Te Kāhui Kāinga Ora.
HUD operate the He Taupua Fund that support projects that build the capability of whānau trusts and Ahuwhenua trusts, hapū, iwi, and registered Māori housing providers that work with Māori experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity. For more information on the He Taupua Fund go here.
Community Housing Regulatory Authority
The Community Housing Regulatory Authority regulate community housing providers to ensure that their tenants are appropriately housed. It supports the growth of a fair, efficient, and transparent community housing sector.
Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities
Kāinga Ora brings together the people, capabilities and resources of the KiwiBuild Unit, Housing New Zealand and its development subsidiary Hobsonville Land Company (HLC). This is designed to enable a more cohesive, joined-up approach to delivering the Government’s priorities for housing and urban development in New Zealand. These priorities include addressing homelessness and making homes more affordable for New Zealanders.
Kāinga Ora has two key roles:
- being a world-class public housing landlord
- partnering with the development community, Māori, local and central government, and others on urban development projects of all sizes.
Work and Income
Work and Income may be able to help if you need money for essential repairs or maintenance for your home. For more information on essential repairs and maintenance go here.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)
The EECA works to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand homes and businesses, and encourage the uptake of renewable energy. For more information on ECCA’s home advice go here.
Its work includes the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme which provides grants for ceiling and underfloor insulation as well as a heat pump to homeowner occupiers who meet the criteria. For more information on the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme go here.
Healthy Homes Initiative
Healthy Homes Initiatives (HHIs) work with families, agencies and local partners to provide education and access to interventions which will create warm, dry and uncrowded homes. It covers 11 district health boards (DHBs) with a high incidence of rheumatic fever.
Please note, this is different to the Healthy Homes Standards, which set standards for rental homes on heating, insulation, ventilation, moisture ingress and drainage, and draught stopping. For more information about the Healthy Homes Standards, go here.
Kāinga Whenua Loan Scheme
The Kāinga Whenua Loan Scheme is an initiative between Kāinga Ora and Kiwibank to help Māori achieve home ownership on their multiple-owned land.
The loans are available for both Māori land trusts, and individuals with a right to occupy their multiple-owned Māori land.
Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mō te Iwi Trust was established in 2011 to:
- act as the peak sector body for Māori housing
- support existing and emerging regional Māori housing forums
- assist in Māori housing policy development at central and local government levels
- share high quality information and successful approaches
- advocate for the wider Māori housing sector to central government housing agencies.
As a National Peak Body Advocate for Māori Housing Outcomes, Te Matapihi closely aligns to the Government’s Māori Housing Strategy, He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata. The directives support the operational objectives of Te Puni Kōkiri.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with volunteers and families in housing need to eliminate sub-standard housing.