State housing agencies

New Zealand has a history of state involvement in housing that stretches back to 1894. While organisational names have changed over time, the common theme among all Housing New Zealand's predecessors is a commitment to providing quality, affordable homes for New Zealanders.

New Zealand has a history of state involvement in housing that stretches back to 1894.

While organisational names have changed over time, the common theme among all Housing New Zealand's predecessors is a commitment to providing quality, affordable homes for New Zealanders.

1894
State Advances Office formed

1923
Housing Branch of the Labour Department merged with State Advances Office

1935
Mortgage Corporation formed

1936
Mortgage Corporation merged with State Advances Office to form the State Advances Corporation

1938
Housing Construction Department formed, then later that year becomes Housing Division of the Ministry of Works

1974
State Advances Corporation merges with Housing Division of the Ministry of Works to become Housing Corporation of New Zealand (replacing National Housing Council of New Zealand)

1992
Housing Corporation of New Zealand split to form:

  • Housing Corporation of New Zealand
  • Housing New Zealand Ltd
  • Ministry of Housing

1994
Community Housing Ltd formed as a subsidiary of Housing Corporation of New Zealand

1998
Portions of responsibility of Ministry of Housing transferred to Ministry of Social Policy

2001
Housing Corporation of New Zealand merged with Housing New Zealand Ltd and Community Housing Ltd, together with housing policy staff from Ministry of Social Policy, to form the Housing New Zealand Corporation.

2006
Housing New Zealand Corporation administers Housing Innovation demonstration fund established to fund third sector social housing.

2011
Responsibility for funding third sector social housing moved to the independent Social Housing Unit with support from the Department of Building and Housing. Policy function moved from Housing New Zealand Corporation to the Department of Building and Housing.

2014 Responsibility for assessing eligibility for social housing, administering income-related rents is transferred from Housing New Zealand Corporation to the Ministry of Social Development, to help ensure all social housing providers are on an equal footing.