Housing supply, affordability and choice

In more and more areas of the region, housing is unaffordable for many people. A lack of supply and a limited choice of housing types and locations are limiting options.

This is contributing to homelessness, overcrowding, poor health and pushing more residential growth to outer areas causing the displacement of communities.

Region wide work continues to understand the constraints limiting supply and the required investment in infrastructure. This is particularly for three waters and transport that will be required to enable large-scale housing development in the region.


These are the housing initiatives in our 3-year work programme.

1. Regional housing plan

Answering the question of “what can we do collectively to increase housing supply in the short term (ie, next 5 years) and how should we structure ourselves to do that”?

2. Iwi-Māori housing plan

Focusing on those issues that are specific to iwi/Māori in the region with regards to housing.

6. Johnsonville Masterplan

Joint partner planning to respond to increased housing demand in Johnsonville and surrounding suburbs arising from its proximity to a number of employment markets, and the lower hazard profiles in this area compared to many existing urban areas in Wellington City

7. Kāpiti-Horowhenua Planning

Joined up planning for public transport, social and other infrastructure, and services to enable a possible 15,500 new houses and a possible 39,000 more people in greenfield developments and a possible 10,400 new houses for a possible 22,800 people in existing urban areas within Horowhenua/Kāpiti in the next 30 years.

10. National policy direction

This includes a joint Future Development Strategy under the NPS-UD requirements and a regional approach to the Regional Policy Statement (RPS) to ensure strong alignment between the WRGF and the RPS.

11. 50–100-year three waters strategy

Developing a 50-100-year regional three waters strategy to support anticipated housing growth which includes both changes to how we use water across the region and required upgrades to existing infrastructure.

Current Projects

There are a number of housing projects already underway in the region.

Eastern Porirua Regeneration

This central government, local government and iwi project will provide – about 2000 state houses made warmer, drier, and safer, about 2000 affordable and market homes and 150 additional states houses. It will also provide great neighbourhoods and resilient communities. The project helps to improve the wellbeing of Eastern Porirua residents including new employment opportunities for local people and businesses. See poriruadevelopment.co.nz

Urban Plus

This is a Hutt City Council CCO. It utilises a range of housing approaches including for instance a recent partnership – He Herenga Kura, He Herenga Tangata, He Herenga Whenua – between Hutt City Council, Kahungunu Whānau Services, Te Rūnanganui o Te Āti Awa, and Council-owned organisation, Urban Plus Limited is the first of its kind in the country and sets out a framework for building and delivering warm, safe, and affordable homes for those in desperate need.

Te Kāinga, affordable rental programme

The Te Kāinga programme sees Wellington City Council (WCC) enter long-term leases with commercial building owners and developers to deliver stable and affordable rental housing for the city’s essential and key workers, targeting those in essential skills occupations, have moderate incomes and do not own a home. WCC has 339 apartments in the pipeline. The first project, Te Kāinga Aroha, welcomed the first tenants on 5 March 2021 and provides 52 apartments in the Wellington CBD. The building was converted from office space to one, two and three-bedroom units. The Council recently set a target for the programme of 1000 units completed or under contract in the next 5 years.

Kenepuru Landing

This is a partnership between a private development and Ngāti Toa where both partners have committed to creating a suburb that meets the needs of a diverse community with a heavy emphasis on amenities, public transport, and ease of living. On completion, the new suburb will include approximately 700 homes projected to house over 2000 people.

Kāinga Ora developments

Kāinga Ora has over 7,500 public homes across the Wellington region and is working with councils, iwi and the community in renewing, redeveloping and regenerating its portfolio to plan for growth and improve the quality of housing for its tenants.

Future Projects

These projects are at the planning stage and are likely to be implemented in the future

Kāinga Ora pipeline

Under the Government’s Public Housing Plan, around 470-690 public housing places and around 170 transitional housing places are expected to be delivered by 2024 in the region. Investment is planned and proceeding across a range of projects including key projects such as Porirua Development and developments at Rolleston and Arlington in Mount Cook which will deliver around 380 much needed homes in the central city, including 60 supported living homes.

NPS-UD medium density plan changes

These are all under development. Fast tracking these plan changes would increase the speed at which houses could come to market.


An integrated urban development (projected to provide 1300 houses/apartments), transport (roading and multimodal) and resilience project in Lower Hutt.

Let’s Get Wellington Moving – urban development opportunities

Strategic opportunity to support intensification/high density development on the future mass transit and active travel corridor from the CBD to Newtown and Kilbirnie. See lgwm.nz

A range of greenfield developments in early stages of planning

Some examples include Lincolnshire Farm (2,000), Upper Stebbings/Glenside West (650). 

A range of greenfield in more advanced stages of planning

Some examples include Porirua Northern Growth Area including Plimmerton Farm (3800 homes – a resource consent is about to be lodged for stage 1) and Tara-Ika (2,500 – which is nearing the hearing stage).

Establishing a Regional Developers Forum

To provide a regional view of the development opportunities available and the longer-term planning. To encourage developers into areas they have not developed to date.

Infrastructure Acceleration Fund

Taking a regional approach to the Government’s Housing Acceleration Fund in line with the WRGF.

Examining options for a regional housing entity

As part of the Regional Housing Plan to identify how we could jointly structure ourselves to get better and faster housing results.



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