Twyford today launched the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, but what is it?

New Zealand’s newest Ministry will bring “leadership and focus” to the country’s housing and urban development scene, its Minister said.

Phil Twyford this morning opened the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – a new Government department aiming to “restore the basic right to healthy, affordable housing for all New Zealanders.”

But the Opposition is already labelling the department a dud, and housing lobby groups have questioned how effective it will be.

Starting today, the Ministry will be the lead adviser on housing and urban development issues.

This means HUD, and its Acting Chief Executive Andrew Crisp, will be responsible for implementing the Government’s plan to address homelessness, increase both the public and private housing supply and to make existing homes warmer and healthier.

As well as this, it will take the lead on the Government’s KiwiBuild project.

Its funding, according to Twyford, will be sourced from the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, the Ministry of Social Development and the Treasury.

He said HUD will be working closely with those departments, as well as Housing NZ, Corrections NZ and Te Puni Kōkiri.

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Source: NZ Herald