Who we are and what we do
The KiwiBuild unit was set up in December 2017 within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) to deliver the Government’s KiwiBuild programme.
The KiwiBuild unit is responsible for:
- Coordinating and supporting the delivery of KiwiBuild homes through the planned redevelopment of public housing land, alongside new public and open market homes.
- Scaling up the building of KiwiBuild homes on vacant or underutilised Crown-owned land.
- Accelerating private developments by purchasing (or underwriting) new affordable homes off the plans.
- Investigating major greenfield and urban redevelopment projects, so that they can be progressed swiftly by the Housing Commission once established.
- Working with councils, iwi and private developers.
- Exploring innovative ways to address current constraints including alternative financing options and construction practices.
For over a decade demand for housing in New Zealand has outstripped supply. Prices are increasing and homeownership rates are falling. There is a huge unmet need for affordable homes for first home buyers which the market hasn’t been delivering. There’s also a need to encourage innovation and productivity in the sector.
The Government has established KiwiBuild to help address these issues.
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