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Housing and Urban Development Authority

This page has information on the role of the Housing and Urban Development Authority which is currently being established and our work in developing the legislation under which it will operate.    

Role of the Housing and Urban Development Authority

The Housing and Urban Development Authority (the authority) will be a Crown agency with two key roles.

  • It will be a public landlord managing tenancies across New Zealand.
  • It will lead small and large-scale urban development projects in partnership with other agencies, local government, iwi and Māori and private partners.

The authority will have a range of powers it can use to plan and deliver developments at scale and pace. They will only be available for specified development projects within defined boundaries and only for the duration of each project.

They include planning and consenting powers similar to those usually used by local councils under the RMA.

Our role in developing the legislation for the authority

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the lead agency developing the legislation for the authority. We are working closely with HUD throughout this process.

As MfE is responsible for administering the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA), we are best placed to ensure the legislation will manage the impacts of urban environments on natural resources. We have jointly lead all resource management planning and consenting aspects of this legislation, as well as other interactions with the RMA.

Find out more

See Housing and urban development authority on the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website for:

  • a series of factsheets on the authority
  • copies of all briefing notes, Cabinet papers and Cabinet decisions on the authority to date.
Reviewed:
19/12/18