Nau mai, haere mai. On 1 October, Housing New Zealand joined HLC and KiwiBuild to form Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.

Information on this site is still current. For more information about Kāinga Ora visit the Kāinga Ora website.

State housing agencies

Published: 4 January 2018

New Zealand has a history of state involvement in housing that stretches back to 1894.

State housing agencies

While organisational names have changed over time, the common theme among all Housing New Zealand's predecessors is a commitment to providing quality, affordable homes for New Zealanders.

1894 - State Advances Office formed

1923 - Housing Branch of the Labour Department merged with State Advances Office

1935 - Mortgage Corporation formed

1936 - Mortgage Corporation merged with State Advances Office to form the State Advances Corporation

1938 - Housing Construction Department formed, then later that year becomes Housing Division of the Ministry of Works

1974 - State Advances Corporation merges with Housing Division of the Ministry of Works to become Housing Corporation of New Zealand (replacing National Housing Council of New Zealand)

1992 - Housing Corporation of New Zealand split to form:

  • Housing Corporation of New Zealand
  • Housing New Zealand Ltd
  • Ministry of Housing

1994 - Community Housing Ltd formed as a subsidiary of Housing Corporation of New Zealand

1998  - Portions of responsibility of Ministry of Housing transferred to Ministry of Social Policy

2001 - Housing Corporation of New Zealand merged with Housing New Zealand Ltd and Community Housing Ltd, together with housing policy staff from Ministry of Social Policy, to form the Housing New Zealand Corporation.

2006 - Housing New Zealand Corporation administers Housing Innovation demonstration fund established to fund third sector social housing.

2011 - Responsibility for funding third sector social housing moved to the independent Social Housing Unit with support from the Department of Building and Housing. Policy function moved from Housing New Zealand Corporation to the Department of Building and Housing.

2014 - Responsibility for managing applications, assessing eligibility for social housing and administering income-related rents is transferred from Housing New Zealand Corporation to the Ministry of Social Development, to help ensure all social housing providers are on an equal footing.

2018 – Minister announces formation of a new Ministry – Ministry of Housing Urban Development (MHUD), made up of portions of MBIE, Treasury and MSD. The Minister also announced the formation of a new agency – Housing Urban Development Authority (HUDA), bringing Kiwibuild together with Housing New Zealand to provide support to MHUD.

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