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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Implementing the Homes and places outcome

​Implementation partners

Private sector landlords, non-profit sector housing providers, the development sector, the construction industry, Auckland Council and central government all contribute to delivering homes and places across Auckland. 

Private individuals, community housing providers, and central government are the main housing providers within Auckland.

Central government are key contributors to the housing market in Auckland through a variety of functions:

  • Housing New Zealand provides social housing and is the largest single residential landowner in Auckland
  • the provision of accommodation support for individuals
  • government grants enable community organisations to provide housing and related services
  • policy settings and the legislative framework.

Central government has recently signalled their intent to change the legislative framework that outlines minimum quality standards for privately-owned rental properties.  

Auckland Council and central government work together to deliver homes and places through:

  • contributing funding that supports the provision of bulk infrastructure within Auckland, unlocking potential development 
  • delivering projects that unlock development opportunities.

Auckland Council facilitates the release of land for development through the Auckland Unitary Plan and other planning processes and consenting services.

Panuku Development Auckland helps to rejuvenate parts of Auckland – from small projects that refresh a site or building, to major transformations of town centres or neighbourhoods. 

Panuku Development Auckland coordinates with Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and Watercare to deliver many of these projects together with Housing New Zealand, the New Zealand Transport Agency, and other Crown agencies.

Mechanisms used to work together

The Housing First Auckland partnership applies a multi-agency approach to provide ongoing wrap-around support services to help people stay in their homes and to end homelessness in Auckland.  Find out more on the Housing First website.

Central government has signalled its intention to partner with the private sector to build a significant number of affordable homes, half of which are intended to be in Auckland.

In 2017, central government provided one off infrastructure funding of $300 million for Auckland through the Housing Infrastructure Fund.

In the long term, the Auckland Council needs to find new ways of funding infrastructure through existing funding tools or potentially coming up with new mechanisms.

The Auckland Housing Programme is a joint initiative between Housing New Zealand and HLC to deliver small, medium and large-scale housing developments in Auckland over the next 10 years. Read more about this initiative on the Housing New Zealand website.

Central government has a programme of work underway to identify vacant or under-utilised Crown-owned land in Auckland that is suitable and available for housing development, and to facilitate the construction of dwellings to increase housing supply, in collaboration with the iwi/hapū of Tāmaki Makaurau and private developers.

Central government is also exploring options around an urban development agency to allow large-scale projects to be built more quickly.

Auckland Council offers tailored services to meet consenting needs for large scale and complex developments.  As an alternative to the standard online consenting service, the Auckland Council partners with developers through the qualified partner service (applies to standardised, repeat new builds or selected customers with approved assurance plans) and premium service (for large scale development, infrastructure projects or social infrastructure projects including emergency housing, iwi developments and Māori housing developments).

Supporting strategies and plans

Auckland Unitary Plan

The Auckland Unitary Plan helps achieve the direction set by the Auckland Plan by setting the rules for what can be built and where, how to create a higher quality and more compact Auckland, how to provide for rural activities and how to mitigate environmental impacts. 

How to get involved

Supporting information

Central government sets the framework for ensuring that Auckland's land for development meets demand, through the National Policy Statement on Urban Development Capacity. Read more on the Ministry for the Environment website.

Auckland's Mayor set up a taskforce early in 2017 to identify barriers and constraints to building new homes in Auckland at a speed and scale needed to meet the demand caused by population growth. Read the Mayoral Housing Taskforce Report June 2017 (PDF 2.23MB).