The Government has established the new Crown agency to transform housing & urban development throughout New Zealand after the Kainga Ora – Homes & Communities Bill passed its final reading in Parliament on Thursday.
Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said Kainga Ora would have 2 key roles:
- being a world-class public housing landlord and
- working in partnership to enable, facilitate & build urban development projects of all sizes.
“The new agency will be the Government’s lead developer for urban development. It brings together Housing NZ & its development subsidiary HLC and the KiwiBuild unit to create a one-stop shop that will build thriving communities with a diverse mix of public, affordable & market housing.
“Kainga Ora is a new approach. It will end the duplication, splitting of key roles, fragmented decision-making & limited co-ordination that occurred over recent years because the Government’s comprehensive house building programme was spread across multiple agencies.
“It will have a strong social mandate and will not be required to return a surplus to the Government. It will also recognise the importance of environmental, cultural & heritage values in urban development.
“Once it becomes operational on 1 October (next Tuesday), Kainga Ora will work closely with developers, iwi, local & central government and non-profit organisations to facilitate the development of urban environments where people want to live, work & play.
“Kainga Ora is set up so it can work alongside others in a wide variety of ways – enabling & complementing, rather than competing with the private sector. This will include working with the development sector on largescale urban development projects.”
A companion bill, still to be introduced, will give Kainga Ora the ability to undertake specified development projects: “These are essential & complex projects that would struggle to progress under standard development processes. Kainga Ora will have a toolbox of powers to help housing & urban development be built at scale & pace.”
Attribution: Ministerial release.