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Housing affordability

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

The Productivity Commission's 2012 report identified a range of factors it says are getting in the way of affordable housing for New Zealanders and the government responded with a programme of work.

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


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 media release.

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.

Read Auckland Pipeline Report No. 3


Last updated 21 May 2015
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