Housing affordability

Housing affordability is a significant issue for many New Zealand families, the economy and government.

MBIE, in conjunction with other agencies, has a comprehensive work programme in place to improve housing affordability. The work spans five key areas:

  • the supply of land
  • the role of regulation
  • the provision of infrastructure
  • the cost of building materials; and
  • increasing skills and the level of innovation in the construction sector.

Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas

The Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas legislation introduced as part of Budget 2013 enables the streamlining of new housing developments. The legislation allows special housing areas to be designated under accords between the Government and Council.

Learn more about the Auckland Housing Accord

Learn more about the Wellington and other cities’ housing accords.

Auckland Housing Accord

The Accord is a three year agreement to urgently increase the supply and affordability of housing in Auckland until Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan becomes fully operative in September 2016, and the Government’s Resource Management Act reforms for planning processes take effect.

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Signed Housing Accords

Introduced as part of Budget 2013, the Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas legislation enables the streamlining of new housing developments. Here you can browse details of Signed Housing Accords for cities and regions across New Zealand.

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Riccarton Racecourse Development

The key purpose of this Bill is to increase the supply of affordable housing in Christchurch.

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Housing Affordability Measure

Using household-level data from the Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), The Housing Affordability Measure is a new approach to measuring housing affordability. First released on 10 May 2017 this measure provides a picture of shifts in affordability, broken down by region.

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