Kāinga Ora: A New Zealand Urban Development Authority

Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities was created on 1 October 2019 by statute and consolidates three centres of central government urban development capability: 

  • Housing New Zealand
  • Housing New Zealand’s urban development arm HLC
  • KiwiBuild.

A new Urban Development Bill proposes giving Kāinga Ora a range of development powers enabling it to better facilitate quality urban development in areas of need. It also reflects key Māori cultural considerations and supports iwi land development, taking a uniquely New Zealand approach to urban development.

Our latest report considers the creation of New Zealand’s first Urban Development Authority (UDA) and how it could help drive sustainable city environments, strong communities and enhance personal wellbeing across the country. Internationally, UDAs have been used to provide a connection between areas of unmet development need and central government expertise and funding. In the case of Kāinga Ora, the focus is urban development at scale and pace. How will it work and what are the benefits?

"It is apt that a Government holding itself to account against wellbeing, economic and environmental sustainability metrics has established Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities as New Zealand’s first national Urban Development Authority."

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