Legislation that guides the way we work.
Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities Act 2019
Sets out the objective given to Kāinga Ora (what we are here to do), its functions, and its operating principles (how we deliver the objective). Establishes Kāinga Ora as a Crown Entity.
Crown Entities Act 2004
This Act sets out how Crown entities and their subsidiaries are governed, sets out the directors’ duties and provides Kāinga Ora with its natural person powers.
Urban Development Act 2020
Provides a streamlined process for complex urban developments and grants additional powers to enable urban development generally.
Other relevant legislation
Privacy Act 2020
Sets out the principles for collecting, using, and disclosing personal information. Also enables individuals to access their personal information.
Housing Act 1955
Provides for Kāinga Ora to acquire, manage, and dispose of land on behalf of the Crown, where the land is for state housing purposes.
Residential Tenancies Act 1986
Sets out the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in relation to rental properties.
Public and Community Housing Management Act 1992
(Among other things) sets out who is responsible for assessing tenant eligibility and calculating income-related rents (MSD) and how those rents are calculated.
Official Information Act 1982
Provides for access to information held by government agencies, based on the principle that all information should be available unless one of the (limited) reasons stated in the Act applies.
New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
Sets out the rights and freedoms of all individuals in relation to acts done by the Government or by public bodies (for example, the right to be free from unlawful discrimination).
The common law (‘judge made’ law)
Imposes a general requirement on public bodies to act fairly, reasonably and lawfully.
There are a range of other Acts and regulations that apply to Kainga Ora’s day to day operations. Some examples are:
- The Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) 2015
- Building Act 2004
- Housing Improvement Regulations 1947
- Fire and Emergency New Zealand Act 2017 and associated regulations
Page updated: 13 November 2023