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Definitions - Government Housing Dashboard

A description of the data shown in the Government Housing Dashboard.

Public homes

Public homes are properties owned or leased by Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities and Community Housing Providers (CHPs) for use as public housing.

Tenants in public homes may:

  • receive an income-related rent subsidy, where a tenant pays no more than 25% of their net income in rent.
  • pay market rent.

Kāinga Ora Public Homes includes public homes managed by Kāinga Ora that are occupied by tenants and those that are vacant. Homes may be vacant for a variety of reasons:

  • Short Term Vacant are properties that are (or are soon to be) available for new tenants.  
  • Long Term Vacant are properties that are undergoing significant work such as retrofitting or that are unavailable while a decision is made regarding their future use. 
  • SLED are pending removal due to Sales, Lease Expiry and Demolitions. 

Community Housing Provider Public Homes includes public homes managed by Community Housing Providers. It does not include vacant homes.

Change in public homes

The change in public homes shows the net number of public homes owned or leased by Kāinga Ora and CHPs that have been added or removed over the period selected.

Homes can be added as Kāinga Ora and CHPs build, lease, or purchase homes.

Kāinga Ora homes can be removed from stock for several reasons, including lease expiration, demolition, and sale.

Homes can also be leased to CHPs by Kāinga Ora. For example, Kāinga Ora leased 902 properties to Te Āhuru Mōwai (a CHP in Porirua, Wellington Region) as part of the Western Porirua Housing Partnership Project in October 2020. This is represented as a decrease in Kāinga Ora public homes, and an increase in CHP public homes.

Due to the way Kāinga Ora and Community Housing Provider public homes are counted, this can result in small net reductions in the number of public homes.

Delivery and planned supply

Delivery and planned supply shows:

  • the additional public homes currently planned to be added to the total stock between the current month and the end of the financial year
  • the delivery of public homes throughout the current financial year to date.

Transitional housing

Transitional housing is temporary accommodation and support for individuals or families who are in urgent need of housing. It provides warm, dry, short-term housing for people and families who have an urgent need for a place to stay. 

Transitional housing data includes:

  • a net figure of the number of Transitional Housing Placesavailable for households, which includes the removal of places where contracts have expired. 
  • gross new Transitional Housing Places added, which provides more information on the new supply, including breakdowns of supply that are new builds.  This is only available from October 2019.

Gross new Transitional Housing Places added will not always align with the net change in Transitional Housing Places due to differences in timings of places being made available and appearing in the dashboard.  

Gross new Transitional Housing Places added figures are subject to small changes. This means that when new data is updated each month, values for previous months may also change. This will ensure we are always reporting the most up to date figures we have.   

Home building

Home building includes data on overall national building activity and the housing completed and under construction by government.

Residential Building Consents includes the number of new dwellings consented, which comes from from building consents issued series released by Stats NZ.

Data is sourced from www.stats.govt.nz.

Government Built are homes built by Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities and registered Community Housing Providers. It includes:

  • Public homes
  • Transitional Housing
  • KiwiBuild dwellings with practical completion and/or Code of Compliance Certificate (CCC) issued and/or where satisfactory evidence is held that the dwelling is complete. Only those homes bought by or available to purchase by KiwiBuild eligible buyers are included. If any KiwiBuild homes are offered for sale on the open market they will be removed from the KiwiBuild total.
  • Market and affordable housing built or enabled by Kāinga Ora (including Hobsonville Point) and homes built through the KiwiBuild programme, which are available or have been sold on the open market. 

Government under construction are new homes under construction through the government build programme, irrespective of expected completion date. It includes:​

  • Public homes
  • Kiwibuild homes
  • Market and affordable homes

The total does not include Transitional Housing under construction and CHP planned activity.

Housing register

The number of applicants on the Housing Register at the end of the month

The Housing Register includes applicants not currently in public housing who have been assessed as eligible, and who are ready to be matched to a suitable home.

The Transfer Register includes households already in public housing who need to be rehoused for reasons such as too few or too many bedrooms, or for health reasons.

  • Priority A refers to applicants who are considered at risk and includes households with a severe and persistent housing need that must be addressed immediately.
  • Priority B refers to applicants who have a serious housing need and includes households with a significant and persistent need. The A and B priority applications used in these tables are as at the time of accepting an offer of social housing, the application priority may have changed prior to this date.

Applicants Housed

Applications are considered housed when the application register status is changed to “active tenancy”. 

Time to House

Median days to house is the median number of calendar days between the date an application is first confirmed on the Housing Register and the date a tenancy is activated for that applicant.

This data includes applications that are priority A and B and are:

  • entering the Housing Register or the Transfer Register
  • exiting either the Housing Register or the Transfer Register for reasons other than being placed in Public Housing.

Find out more on the Ministry of Social Development website.

Housing support

First home buyers

Support for first home buyers shows:

  • the number of First Home Grants paid
  • the number homes bought with a First Home Loan
  • the number of households who bought their first home with a home loan from a registered bank. This information is sourced from rbnz.govt.nz/statistics

Kiwibuild Homes

Properties available to buy includes KiwiBuild homes with any of the following sales status:

  • Offered to market
  • Ballot closed
  • Ballot drawn
  • Sales and purchase conditional.

Homes sold includes homes with sales to owner/occupants with an unconditional or settled agreement irrespective of dwelling completion.

Find out more about Kiwibuild homes

Progressive Home Ownership

Progressive Home Ownership (PHO) information shows:

  • the number of houses contracted through HUD’s PHO Fund since December 2020, and
  • the number of houses occupied by first-home buyers who have moved into their newly built home by partnering with approved PHO providers.

Find out more about the PHO Fund

Other housing support

Housing support information shows:

  • the number of Accommodation Supplement recipients. A weekly payment to assist people who are not in public housing, with their rent, board, or the cost of owning a home.
  • the number of Housing Support Product recipients. This consists of a range of products designed to assist people to achieve or sustain accommodation in the private housing.
  • the number of Temporary Additional Support recipients. A non-taxable supplementary assistance that is paid to help clients with their regular essential living costs that cannot be met from their usual income and other resources.
  • the total number of Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants approved by MSD. These are available to people who cannot remain in their usual place of residence, if any, and will not have access to other accommodation which is adequate for their or their family’s needs.
  • the number of distinct clients. This means that an Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant client is counted only once in a time period, regardless of how many grants they have received.

Housing First

Housing First offers people immediate access to housing and then wraps around tailored support for as long as needed, to help people remain housed, and address the issues that led to their homelessness.

Housing First information shows:

  • the number of households accepted in the programme
  • the number of households housed by the programme.

Find out more about Housing First

Sustaining tenancies

Sustaining Tenancies provides funding for community-based providers to support households who are in public or private housing and need help to sustain their tenancy.

Sustaining Tenancies information shows the number of participants in the programme.

Find out more about Sustaining Tenancies

For more information, please contact media@hud.govt.nz

Published: September 29, 2021

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