Increasing public housing

We fund and partner in initiatives across the housing sector to deliver more public and transitional housing.

A growing need for public housing

Housing in general is in short supply and rental prices are rising. New Zealand's most vulnerable individuals and families are among those most affected.

Public housing is a vital part of New Zealand's social support system. It provides individuals and families with a warm, dry, safe place to live.

Public Housing is owned or leased by Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities or community housing providers, and is tenanted by people who are eligible.

Public Housing Plan

The Public Housing Plan sets out the Government’s public housing supply intentions for the next four years. The 2021-2024 plan provides information about the location and number of an additional 8,000 public and transitional housing places that will be delivered by June 2024. It builds on the 2018 Public Housing Plan. 

Public Housing Plan

The Plan shows the importance of our government, Crown and sector partnerships in achieving our goal.

We’re developing a strategic partnering model to guide how we'll partner with other agencies and providers to meet public and transitional housing demand.

Partner with us

Transitional housing

We're working with the housing sector and social service providers to increase the number of transitional housing places that are available. These places are for people in urgent need of a place to stay.

Transitional housing

Public Housing Register

The Public Housing Register, which is managed by the Ministry of Social Development, shows a growing number of people are in need of public housing.

The Register records applicants who are:

  • eligible for, but not currently in, public housing, and
  • ready to be matched to a suitable property.

The Register helps us understand:

  • who needs public housing
  • where the housing is needed, and
  • what housing is needed.

Public Housing Register

Published: September 28, 2021