Housing New Zealand Corporation

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Housing New Zealand Corporation
Agency overview
Formed 1974 as The Housing Corporation, then 2001 as Housing New Zealand Corporation
Minister responsible
Agency executives
  • Dr Alan Freeth, Board Chairperson
  • Glen Sowry, Chief Executive
Website www.hnzc.co.nz

Housing New Zealand Corporation is a Crown agent that provides housing services for New Zealanders in need. Housing New Zealand Corporation is a statutory corporation set up on 1 July 2011 under the Housing Corporation Act 1974, as amended by the Housing Corporation Amendment Act 2001. Its primary role is to provide and manage housing for New Zealanders in need of housing assistance.

The Corporation was an amalgamation of Housing New Zealand Limited, Community Housing Limited, and the Ministry of Social Policy. Its shareholding ministers are the Minister of Housing and the Minister of Finance. The Corporation has a Board whose Chair is Allan Freeth and Chief Executive is Glen Sowry (as at August 2014).

The Corporation was also the New Zealand Government's principal advisor on housing. In 2011 this role was transferred to the Department of Building and Housing, and then in 2012 it was again transferred to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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