Who we are

Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga – Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was created in 2018 to take a system-wide approach to housing and urban development issues in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

We focus on outcomes for people, communities, the economy, and our built and natural environments. Our people value the challenge of working to solve big problems in our housing system and make a difference to all New Zealanders. 

That might look like: 

  • reducing barriers to building homes on whenua Māori 
  • delivering and supporting urban centres where everyone can connect 
  • funding alternative models of home ownership to support people and whanau who otherwise wouldn’t be able to buy a home 
  • building relationships in communities to help them create their own solutions to local housing challenges. 

How we work  

We take a Māori and Iwi Housing and Innovation (MAIHI) and a place-based approach to everything we do. The two approaches complement each other to focus on people and places in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

MAIHI approach 

Our MAIHI approach means we’re committed to advancing housing and urban development outcomes for Māori, and making sure we’re delivering solutions that are relevant to, and co-delivered by Māori, and that protect the cultural inheritance of tangata whenua. 

More about our MAIHI approach. 

Place-based approach 

Our place-based approach recognises that every community has their own housing and urban development challenges and opportunities, and that a ‘one size fits all’ approach isn’t right to address them. We use what we know about places to inform how we work with communities, and to determine whether local action or broader changes are needed. 

More about our place-based approach.

Our values 

Our values shape how we work together. They are: 

  • Wānangatia – Curiosity 
  • Arohatia – Empathy 
  • Kōkiritia – Drive. 

How do our people live our values? We practice Wānangatia by asking questions and seeking out new information and knowledge. We take the time to connect with people and are willing to see the point of view – practicing Arohatia. And, we practice Kōkiritia by being driven and breaking down problems and tasks, to deliver results. 

Find out more about working at HUD  

Our work areas 

 HUD is responsible for strategy, policy, funding, monitoring and regulation of New Zealand's housing and urban development system.

More about our work areas

Leadership team

Our leadership team has collective responsibility for the leadership and performance of Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga - Ministry of Housing and Urban Development. 

More about our leadership team. 

Corporate publications

Find out more about how we're tracking, what we're working on, and our strategic intentions. 

Corporate publications.(external link)

What we offer

  • A focus on building your capability

    • A team-based approach to performance and development, strengthening our culture of working together  
    • Development that is targeted to your role and your capability, with a focus on on-the-job learning and development 
    • Support to build a strong foundation of cultural capability and understanding of te reo and tikanga Māori, no matter where you are on your journey 
    • Learning around understanding and applying Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a housing context 
    • Study assistance opportunities 
  • Collaborative ways of working

    • Flexible working approach that enables you to balance your home and community life with your work life 
    • As a smaller Ministry, we are able to collaborate on work, which enables groups, teams and people to work collectively together to achieve our Kaupapa. 
    • An office-based organisation, with central offices in Wellington and Auckland, close to public transport with great harbour views 
    • A modern digital environment with Office 365 and personal technology, giving our people the tools to work from different locations 
  • A safe, positive and inclusive workplace

    • Our leaders focus on enabling an inclusive thriving community that supports the spirit of kia renarena te tuakaea (to make the connections tight) 
    • Our Values of Arohatia, Wanangatia, and Kokiritia are deeply relevant to our diversity and inclusion aspirations - they will drive the behaviours we need to grow the diversity and inclusiveness of our workplace 
    • We have six peoples’ network groups: Rainbow Network, Green Group, Social Club, Whakatipu Mauriora - Mental Health Network, Wāhine toa Wāhine āhuru, Waiata and Te Ope Reo Māori group. Read more about our inclusive workplace.
    • An open office environment that supports healthy work, including sit-stand desks 
    • Positive employment relationships, with enhanced leave provisions 
    • Reimbursement for flu vaccinations, and for vision care. 

About you 

Are you passionate about making a difference for New Zealanders? Do you want to be proud of the work you do? We’re looking for people who have the skills we need and values that align with ours to help New Zealand’s housing system work for everyone. 

You will contribute to HUD’s success by: 

  • Putting partnership with iwi and Māori and te ao Māori at the heart of your work. 
  • Taking a MAIHI and place-based approach to the work you do. We will support you to understand what this means in practice. 
  • Working to deliver better housing outcomes for people experiencing homelessness, Māori, and to create thriving communities where everyone has a place to call home. 
  • Developing spaces to be sustainable and inclusive urban centres. 
  • Contributing to a positive working environment through collaboration across the organisation. 

How to apply 

Check out HUD's latest vacancies and register for an account to apply and keep informed of your application process. 

Visit our careers page(external link) 

Contact us 

Got questions about working at HUD? Email us recruitment@hud.govt.nz