20 September 2022
JB [FYI request #20087 email]
Thank you for your request of 19 August 2022 to Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities for the
following information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act):
“I would like to know the yearly figures of how much the supply of housing by Kainga Ora that
Kainga Ora owns has increased. By this, I mean how much has Kainga Ora's supply of owned
houses increased for each year since 2009, which would not include where a house was
removed to make way for a new house”.
Kāinga Ora secures additional homes through:
redevelopments, where new homes are built on Kāinga Ora land, usually replacing an
older home with more new warm and dry homes
acquiring new homes, as a new build that has not been previously occupied, from a
builder or developer
acquiring existing homes, usually on the open market
homes leased from private or corporate owners.
Homes are also sold (usually to tenants), leases expire and homes are demolished (usually to
allow for redevelopment).
Kāinga Ora prefers to deliver new homes through redevelopment, reducing old and dated housing
and providing new warm and dry homes. The priority of Kāinga Ora is to house people in need,
and buying new build homes or buy-ins provides additional homes where need cannot be met
As well as providing around 65,000 state homes for tenants, Kāinga Ora also builds, buys, and
occasionally leases homes for use as supported housing - Community Group Housing (around
1,500) and transitional housing (just under 2,200).
Community Group Housing provides properties and assistance in gaining access to houses to
groups who support people in the community. Transitional housing is leased to third parties (not
leased by Kāinga Ora, as above) to provide short-term accommodation for longer durations (e.g.
six months) for people transitioning from adverse situations or with complex needs. The
temporary accommodation is used to help people stabilise their short-term housing and support
needs, learn to live independently before moving to a more permanent housing solution.
Table 1 below shows the homes owned and leased by Kāinga Ora for state housing and
supported housing, and the change between years.
Note that on:
1 April 2016, 2,800 homes were transferred from Housing New Zealand to the Tamaki
1 April 2017, 1,138 homes in Tauranga were transferred to Accessible Properties
From 3 October 2020, homes were leased by Kāinga Ora to Community Housing
Providers (CHPs), starting with 902 homes (with more added over time) in Wellington and
Porirua leased to Te Ahuru Mowai, with ownership remaining with Kāinga Ora.
These transfers of ownership affected the number of homes owned by Kāinga Ora, but these
homes continue to be used as social housing by the new owners.
The properties leased to CHPs are not included in Table 1, and stood at 902 as at 30 June 2021
and 962 as at 30 June 2022.
Table 1 – change in total housing stock owned and leased by Kāinga Ora (previously Housing
New Zealand) as at 30 June and change from previous year
56 69,489 +307
59 69,742 +253
54 69,452 -290
53 68,921 -531
49 68,233 -688
45 67,245 -988
43 64,412 -2,833
43 63,276 -1,136
42 63,996 +720
32 65,256 +1,260
34 66,253 +997
28 67,267 +1,014
27 68,547 +1,280
Further information on total homes managed by Kāinga Ora is available at the HUD website
above and on the Kāinga Ora website at: https://kaingaora.govt.nz/publications/housing-statistics/.
Please note that Kāinga Ora proactively releases our responses to official information requests
where possible. Our response to your request may be published at
https://kaingaora.govt.nz/publications/official-information-requests with your personal information
James Kennelly Team Manager, Government Relations