Housing affordability is a significant issue for many New Zealand families, the economy and government.
MBIE is working with other agencies to address five factors that impact on the cost of housing: the supply of land, the role of regulation, the provision of infrastructure, the cost of building materials and productivity in the construction sector.
Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas
The Housing Accord and Special Housing Areas legislation introduced as part of Budget 2013 will enable the streamlining of new housing developments. The legislation will apply for three years and allows special housing areas to be designated under accords between the Government and council, such as the Auckland Housing Accord and the Wellington City Housing Accord [605 KB PDF].
Accords can also provide for cooperation on non-regulatory matters, such as the Christchurch Housing Accord [812 KB PDF].
Documents for downloading
- Proactive release of housing affordability papers [9.4 MB PDF]
- Regulatory Impact Statement: Adding the Wellington metropolitan districts, Tauranga city, the Western Bay of Plenty district and Christchurch city to Schedule 1 [137 KB PDF]
- Regulatory Impact Statement: Establishing special housing areas in Auckland (first tranche) [57 KB PDF]
- Regulatory Impact Statement: Establishing special housing areas in Auckland (second tranche) [95 KB PDF]
- Regulatory Impact Statement: Creating Special Housing Areas, 15 April 2013 [244 KB PDF]
- Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill: Approval for introduction – Cabinet Committee Minute [62 KB PDF]
- Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill: Approval for introduction – Cabinet Minute [64 KB PDF]
- Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas Bill: Approval for Introduction – Cabinet Paper [183 KB PDF]
- Addressing Housing Supply and Affordability through Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas: Cabinet Paper [4.2 MB PDF]
- Addressing Housing Supply and Affordability through Housing Accords and Special Housing Areas: Cabinet Minute [243 KB PDF]
- Wellington City Housing Accord [605 KB PDF]
- Tauranga Housing Accord [829 KB PDF]
- Western Bay of Plenty Housing Accord [548 KB PDF]
- Queenstown Lakes District Housing Accord [912 KB PDF]
Auckland land supply analysis
MBIE and the Auckland Council worked together to analyse Auckland's housing needs and the supply of land available.
Read the report Residential Land Available in Auckland.
The Productivity Partnership brings MBIE and industry together and has a work programme aimed at increasing sector productivity to 20 percent by 2020.
The Productivity Partnership’s Auckland Procurement Forum has released its third Auckland Pipeline Report, providing a forward view of major public sector construction projects planned over the next three years in the region.