Government consulting on housing and urban development and drafting Māori Housing Strategy

Wed 07 Jul 2021

The government is asking for feedback on the development of the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development.

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is seeking feedback to help develop the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development (GPS-HUD).

The consultation closes on 30 July 2021.

The GPS-HUD will set out the Government's long-term vision for Aotearoa New Zealand's housing and urban development system, and how the Government will work with others to make it happen. It will affect government policy, investment and programmes of work. This will be the first GPS-HUD.

The Government has proposed:

  • a vision that "everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand lives in a healthy, secure and affordable home that meets their needs, within a thriving, inclusive and sustainable community"
  • four outcomes including thriving communities, wellbeing through housing, partnering for Māori housing and urban solutions, and an adaptive and responsive system
  • six focus areas.

The six focus areas include:

  • Provide homes that meet people’s needs
  • Ensure that more affordable houses are being built
  • Support resilient, sustainable, inclusive and prosperous communities
  • Invest in Māori-driven housing and urban solutions
  • Prevent and reduce homelessness
  • Re-establish housing’s primary role as a home rather than a financial asset.

You can find more information on the Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development website including a brief GPS-HUD Summary, a one page summary and a discussion document.

You can give feedback through:

  • an online survey
  • downloading a word document with the questions from the survey
  • email your feedback to

For more information see the Beehive media release.

For research and information about the links between family violence and housing, search our library under homelessness or housing.

Update: In September 2021, the government launched the Government Policy Statement on Housing and Urban Development.

Draft Māori Housing Strategy 

Cabinet has also approved the development of a draft Māori Housing Strategy to replace the existing 2014 Māori Housing Strategy, He Whare Āhuru He Oranga Tāngata. The new Māori Housing Strategy will be developed in parallel with the GPS-HUD. Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Te Puni Kōkiri – the Ministry of Māori Development and Te Matapihi are working together with the Māori housing sector to develop the new Māori Housing Strategy. This work includes plans to host a series of hui to engage with Iwi and Māori housing organisations. The Strategy is expected to be provided to Cabinet for endorsement in August 2021. For more information email

Update: In September 2021, the government launched MAIHI Ka Ora - National Māori housing strategy.

Related news

The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to prepare the Terms of Reference for a new inquiry into the drivers and dynamics of long-term disadvantage in people’s lifetimes and across generations. The Productivity Commission website states there are three purposes for the inquiry:

  • "creating a clear, coherent and accessible summary of the trends in economic inclusion and social mobility in New Zealand, including the links between reducing persistent disadvantage and higher productivity, economic performance and wellbeing;
  • undertaking significant research to generate new insights about people facing persistent disadvantage in New Zealand; and
  • assessing what works and developing policy recommendations for breaking the cycle of that disadvantage."

The Productivity Commission plans to consult on the Terms of Reference. To stay up to date with the inquiry, subscribe to the Productivity Commission's updates.

Update: The report, Nowhere to Go: The Benefits of Providing Long-Term Social Housing to Women that have Experienced Domestic and Family Violence (2021), was published by Australian-based Equity Economics. 

Update: Te Kahu Tika Tangata / the Human Rights Commission announced that it will hold a national inquiry into housing and launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa.

Related media

Domestic abuse offenders in England – not their victims – to be moved away from the family home, The Guardian, 27.11.2021

'I was just existing': Woman recalls terror of abuse before she ended up homeless, Stuff, 10.10.2021

Auckland tenant ordered to pay landlord $8k after abusive partner smashed up home, Stuff, 09.10.2021

Housing in New Zealand 'a human rights crisis', UN report says, Stuff, 23.06.2021

UN calls attention to the positive role of the right to a decent home in tackling New Zealand’s housing crisis, NZ Human Rights Commission news, 22.06.2021

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