The government is tightening immigration numbers, after weeks of pressure over record high numbers of new migrants and working visa approvals.
The higher end of the planning range for new migrants for the next two years will be reduced from 100,000 to 95,000.
The number of people allowed entry under the family category will be more than halved from 5500 to 2000.
There will be a temporary ban on applications under the parent category – which allows any parents with adult children who have residence in New Zealand, to also apply.
The government is going to become a large supplier of medium-density housing in Auckland, the Minister for Housing New Zealand Bill English says.
“We’ve got inefficient use of land in Auckland, we already own 27,000 houses there, we’ve now got the legal ability with the new plan to build another 30,000 or so, maybe more, on that land.
“We’d be silly not to do it when there’s strong demand.”