Nau mai, haere mai. On 1 October, Housing New Zealand joined HLC and KiwiBuild to form Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.

Information on this site is still current. For more information about Kāinga Ora visit the Kāinga Ora website.


Design guidelines

The Development Guide helps to ensure that all Housing New Zealand design and building projects meet our standards, and reflect our design principles.


The Development Guide is for everyone involved in construction or building work on Housing New Zealand homes. It provides a consistent development model and a set of performance-based design guidelines.

It describes Housing New Zealand's design and build process from start to finish, making it an indispensable guide for anyone working or thinking about working on one of our social housing projects.


The Development Guide is continually evolving. We encourage feedback from designers, architects, builders, tradespeople and planners that have used the Guide. Send your comments to: assetregulations&

  • 17 May 2016

    Simple guide

    The Simple Guide has been developed to challenge architects to challenge the accepted norm in social housing design. In ‘Simple’ terms, where once we had requirements, the Guide now outlines ambitious expectations. Through this we are seeking interpretations that create variety, rather than prescriptions that lead to uniformity.

  • 17 May 2016

    Ki Te Hau Kainga - New Perspectives on Maori Housing Solutions

    New housing solutions tailored to the specific needs of Māori communities are fundamental to Māori social, cultural and economic aspirations in the 21st century. In all cases, it is essential Māori housing solutions are conceived, planned and delivered with the Māori community.

  • 17 May 2016

    Pacific Housing Design Guide

    This condensed version of the Pacific Housing Design Guide is for specific use with the Housing New Zealand Development Guide and aims to provide tangible solutions through design guidelines for creating better housing for Pacific people.

    This Design Guide has been developed by Pacific designers in consultation with Pacific communities at the instigation of Housing New Zealand.

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