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Agencies involved in social housing

Agencies involved in social housing

The Social Housing Reform Programme agencies include MSD, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Treasury and Te Puni Kōkiri.

Each agency has a role in supporting the housing system, people and providers.


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Ministry of Social Development

Works with clients, housing providers and other social service providers

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is the lead agency for the Social Housing Reform Programme. We:

  • work with people who need help with housing and social support
  • develop initiatives and support to achieve better outcomes for people with complex issues and housing needs
  • manage the Social Housing Register of applications for social housing.
  • contract social housing tenancies by paying the Income-Related Rent Subsidy (IRRS) to registered social housing providers
  • develop current and future plans on where to contract social housing tenancies to inform investment decisions
  • work with other agencies, providers and the housing sector to increase social housing tenancies and create responsive social housing that meets diverse needs.

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Housing New Zealand

Works with current and prospective social housing tenants, and government agencies.

Housing New Zealand is New Zealand’s largest social housing provider. It provides housing to people who are on the MSD Social Housing Register and manages those tenancies. It has several major social housing developments underway. Housing New Zealand provides housing for around 1,500 Community Housing Groups. It also manages a range of financial products to help first home buyers into their first home.


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The Treasury

Works with other agencies on transfers of HNZ properties

The Treasury’s role includes providing advice and guidance on the programme and its initiatives, we:

  • manage the transfer of some Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies to community housing providers, to help grow the community housing sector and encourage innovation to better meet tenants’ needs.
  • alongside the Ministry of Social Development, we manage a Request for Information process to identify further opportunities for social housing.


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Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE)

Works with registered and potential housing providers, and tenants.

MBIE leads the Crown Land Development programme to identify Crown-owned land suitable for housing development, including social housing.

MBIE also runs the Community Housing Regulatory Authority (CHRA) to approve, register and monitor community housing providers. Community housing providers registered with CHRA are eligible for the Income-Related Rent Subsidy. MBIE also offers advice to tenants and landlords to resolve tenancy issues.


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Te Puni Kokiri

Works with iwi, hapū and whānau Māori, and Māori housing and social service providers.

Te Puni Kokiri leads the development of Māori housing and co-ordinates Māori housing policy across government. It administers the Māori Housing Network to support iwi, hapū and whānau Māori to achieve their housing aspirations.