Minister of Housing and Urban Development
|Minister of Housing|
|Ministry of Housing and Urban Development|
|Reports to||Prime Minister of New Zealand|
|Appointer||Governor-General of New Zealand|
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Precursor||Minister of Housing|
|Formation||13 December 1938|
|First holder||Tim Armstrong|
The Minister of Housing and Urban Development is a minister in the government of New Zealand with responsibility for the government's house-building programme. The position was established in 1938 as Minister in charge of Housing, and has most commonly been known as Minister of Housing. Other iterations have included the Minister of Building and Housing and the Minister of Social Housing
The First Labour Government created the position of Minister in charge of Housing in 1938, to oversee the government's state housing agenda. Responsibility for housing was part of the Works portfolio for some years until the restoration of the Housing portfolio by the Second National Government in 1949.
Until the 1970s, the Housing portfolio was often held in conjunction with responsibility for the State Advances Corporation; the Corporation was dissolved and much of its responsibility transferred to the new Housing Corporation of New Zealand in 1974. In the 1990s, under the significant redistribution of responsibility that occurred following Jenny Shipley's appointment as Prime Minister, responsibility for housing issues was divided between three ministers: the Minister for Social Services, Work and Income; the Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation of New Zealand; and the Minister responsible for Housing New Zealand. The Housing Corporation and Housing New Zealand merged into a single entity, Housing New Zealand Corporation, on 6 March 2002.
A separate Minister for Building Issues (later Minister for Building and Construction) was established by the Fourth Labour Government as the Ministry of Housing was expanded to become the Department of Building and Housing. Under the Fifth National Government, the government's focus shifted from providing state houses to providing "social houses," which meant that income-related rent subsidies could be paid to non-governmental community housing providers. While this Government had once combined social housing and building regulation responsibility in a combined "Building and Housing" portfolio, this was disestablished in December 2016 and divided between the Minister for Social Housing and the Minister for Building and Construction.
Following the 2017 election, the Labour-New Zealand First-Green coalition government revamped the portfolio as the Minister of Housing and Urban Development. Phil Twyford was appointed as Housing Minister. On 1 October 2018, Housing Minister Twyford launched a new government department called the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to advise the Government on housing and urban development issues.
List of Ministers
|No.||Name||Portrait||Term of Office||Prime Minister|
|As Minister in charge of Housing|
|1||Tim Armstrong||13 December 1938||8 November 1942†||Savage|
|As Minister in charge of Housing Construction|
|2||Bob Semple||9 December 1942||December 1945||Fraser|
|1945–1949: See Minister of Works|
|3||William Goosman||13 December 1949||9 September 1953||Holland|
|As Minister of Housing|
|4||Bill Sullivan||9 September 1953||13 February 1957||Holland|
|5||Dean Eyre||13 February 1957||26 September 1957|
|6||John Rae||26 September 1957||12 December 1957|
|7||Bill Fox||12 December 1957||12 December 1960||Nash|
|(6)||John Rae||12 December 1960||9 February 1972||Holyoake|
|8||Eric Holland||9 February 1972||8 December 1972|
|9||Bill Fraser||8 December 1972||10 September 1974||Kirk|
|10||Roger Douglas||10 September 1974||12 December 1975|
|11||George Gair||12 December 1975||8 March 1977||Muldoon|
|(8)||Eric Holland||8 March 1977||13 December 1978|
|12||Derek Quigley||13 December 1978||15 June 1982|
|13||Tony Friedlander||15 June 1982||26 July 1984|
|14||Phil Goff||26 July 1984||24 August 1987||Lange|
|15||Helen Clark||24 August 1987||14 August 1989|
|16||Jonathan Hunt||14 August 1989||2 November 1990|
|17||John Luxton||2 November 1990||29 November 1993||Bolger|
|18||Murray McCully||29 November 1993||31 August 1998|
|1998–1999: See Minister for Social Services, Work and Income; Minister responsible for|
Housing New Zealand; Minister responsible for the Housing Corporation of New Zealand
|19||Mark Gosche||10 December 1999||12 May 2003||Clark|
|20||Steve Maharey||12 May 2003 (acting)
19 May 2003
|19 October 2005|
|21||Chis Carter||19 October 2005||5 November 2007|
|22||Maryan Street||5 November 2007||19 November 2008|
|23||Phil Heatley||19 November 2008||22 January 2013||Key|
|24||Nick Smith||22 January 2013||8 October 2014|
|As Minister for Building and Housing|
|(24)||Nick Smith||8 October 2014||20 December 2016a||Key|
|As Minister for Social Housing|
|25||Paula Bennett||8 October 2014||20 December 2016a||Key|
|26||Amy Adams||20 December 2016||26 October 2017|
|As Minister of Housing and Urban Development|
|27||Phil Twyford||26 October 2017||27 June 2019||Ardern|
|As Minister of Housing|
|28||Megan Woods||27 June 2019||present||Ardern|
- a. ^ ^ The Ministers for Building and Housing and Social Housing existed simultaneously during the period 8 October 2014 – 20 December 2016.
- "Ministerial List". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- "Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2016" (PDF). Parliament.nz. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- Craig Spanhake (2006). Ministers and Members in the New Zealand Parliament: 1996–2005. Dunedin, New Zealand: Tarkwode Press.
- Nick Smith; Paula Bennett (16 May 2013). "Change from state housing to social housing". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
- Patrick Gower (24 April 2017). "Bill English delicately knifes Nick Smith". Newshub. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
- "Ministerial Portfolio: Housing and Urban Development". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- Walls, Jason (1 October 2018). "Twyford today launched the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, but what is it?". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
- Twyford, Phil (8 June 2018). "New Housing and Urban Development Ministry". New Zealand Government. Scoop. Retrieved 1 February 2019.