Former National MP Tau Henare has picked up a Government-appointed job at Housing New Zealand.

The former Maori Affairs Minister would join the corporation's board of directors, it was confirmed this morning.

Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English said Mr Henare would bring a community-based perspective to the board.

"His understanding of iwi, hapu, and whanau dynamics will be of particular value," Mr English said.

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Mr Henare, who spent five terms in Parliament, had a background in community development, early childhood education and union organisation.

He resigned from Parliament ahead of the 2014 general election after he was given a low list ranking.

Mr English also confirmed other appointments.

Auckland Investment Office executive director John Duncan has been chosen as HNZ's new deputy chair, and Castalia managing director Michael Schur has been appointed to the board.