Housing New Zealand welcomes move to embed social objectives

21 September 2018

Housing New Zealand (HNZ) is welcoming the Government’s proposals to support the agency’s objective to become a world class housing provider.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford today announced a set of proposals to help strengthen HNZ’s focus on the needs of tenants by embedding a set of social objectives in legislation.

The proposals strengthen HNZ’s social mandate to support the New Zealander’s who need the agency’s help and align with the work HNZ has underway to improve tenant wellbeing.

"Housing New Zealand welcomes these proposals which strengthen our focus on the needs of tenants. It’s a direction we’ve been moving towards over the past year as we continue to do the best for the people in our homes," says HNZ deputy chair Vui Mark Gosche.

"We want to ensure tenants have a quality and stable house every day and night, and to do this HNZ is changing the way we do things to better respond to the needs of our tenants, both now and in the future.

"We’re doing this by developing new ways of operating; both in terms of the types of service we provide our tenants and how we provide them, to the types of homes we build and how we maintain and manage them."

Other proposals announced include removing the word Corporation from Housing New Zealand’s name. This move signals the shift in focus being driven throughout the public housing system by the Government with HNZ to begin operating more like a public service than a corporation.

Another part of the changes being announced is ending the requirement for HNZ to return any surplus to the Crown. Instead any surplus will be retained to reinvest any surplus into its building and renewal programme.

The changes are expected to come into effect next year and more information on all the proposals is available on beehive.govt.nz website

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