Regional housing developments

Published: 19 September 2018

The Regional Housing Programme makes the most efficient use of our land to build dozens of new warm and dry homes, to meet the demand for more state housing across the country.

As we move into phase 2 of our regional housing programme, we have increased the cities and towns we're looking to build in. This is in line with the Government's plan to increase public housing supply(external link) across New Zealand, we’re expecting to deliver the new homes over the next four years.

The homes we're building

Our new homes will be modern, attractive and easy to maintain, accommodating both families and individuals. Most of the houses being constructed are one or two-bedroom, with some three and four-bedroom homes. They will be carpeted, insulated and have double-glazed windows with thermal curtains. The homes will be located on landscaped sections with private outdoor living areas, including parking.

Any proposed building will be within the local Council’s district plan requirements and will take into consideration boundary lines and the orientation of the building to maximise sunlight. Where we are building homes on properties that are currently tenanted, we will ensure that there is adequate space between the properties.

If we need to remove the existing house to redevelop the site, we will work closely with tenants to relocate them to other homes in the area.

The image below gives an idea of what some of the new homes will look like.

Shared boundary fencing

During these developments we may need to consider options for building a new fence with neighbouring properties. We will look at this on a case by case basis. A Housing New Zealand project manager will be in touch about this aspect of the build. If this applies to you and you’d like to know more read our page on fences.

Keeping disruptions to a minimum

Once we start building, we will ensure that site and traffic management plans are in place for these developments. These provide rules and health and safety guidelines for what happens during construction. The plans will cover the hours during which work can be carried out, where contractors can park their vehicles and the control of dust and noise.

Where we’re building

Housing New Zealand has identified the regions below for development. Because we are still at the initial stages of planning we may find some sites that are unsuitable for new housing and may not proceed.

We’ll keep tenants and neighbours informed and updated as we progress.

North Island

 Kaitaia and Kaikohe
 Gisborne
Hamilton
Napier and Hastings
Rotorua
Tauranga
Palmerston North
Feilding
Whakatane
Whangarei
Kapiti Coast
New Plymouth
Taupo
Whanganui

South Island

 Dunedin
 Blenheim
Ashburton
Greymouth
Invercargill
Nelson
Tasman District
Timaru
Rangiora and Kaiapoi

 

Housing Minister Phil Twyford announced this programme of work(external link) in Rotorua on March 2, 2018.

As part of this building programme we have kept tenants and communities up to date on our plans and building progress.

Savage Crescent development render*Note that the numbers of houses and the locations are subject to change as we work through the building process.

North Island

Kaitaia

What we're building

  • Dominion Road - one 3-bedroom home
  • Pukepoto Road - one 2-bedroom home
  • Worth Street - one 3-bedroom home

Kaikohe

What we're building

  • De Merle Street - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Hongi Street - one 2 bedroom home
  • Shaw Street - one 2-bedroom home
  • Wihongi Street - one 2-bedroom home

Whangarei

What we're building

  • Smeaton Drive - two 2-bedroom homes

Rotorua

What we're building

  • Gem Street - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Gordon Road - two 1 bedroom homes and one 2-bedroom home
  • Kokako Street and Old Quarry Road - three 2-bedroom homes

What's happening

January - we updated the Rotorua Council Mayor and local MP about Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for 17 new homes in the Rotorua.

We also delivered factsheets [PDF, 1.4 MB] to residents living around the sites. 

Some of the sites being considered, have not proceeded.

Whakatane

What we're building

  • Kirk Street - two 1-bedroom and six 2-bedroom homes

What's happening

February - we updated the Whakatane Mayor and local MP about Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for 12 new homes in the Whakatane.

We also delivered factsheets [PDF, 1.8 MB] to residents living around the sites.

Some of the sites being considered, have not proceeded.

Napier

What we're building

  • Alexander Avenue - one 2-bedroom home
  • Atherfold Crescent - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Barnett Place - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Constable Crescent - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Cormack Place - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Cottrell Crescent - one 2-bedroom home
  • Cranby Crescent - one 2-bedroom home
  • Curling Crescent - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Freyberg Avenue - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Galway Street - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Guildford Street - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Harold Holt Avenue - one 2-bedroom home
  • Hislop Avenue - one 2-bedroom home
  • Lanark Cres - one 2-bedroom home
  • Latham Street - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Lichfield Crescent - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Liverpool Crescent - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Lyttleton Cres - one 2-bedroom home
  • McLaren Crescent - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Morris Spence Avenue - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Nash Street - one 2-bedroom home
  • Neal Crescent - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Norwich Crescent - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Nuffield Avenue - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Plowman Cresent - one 2-bedroom home
  • Plunket Street - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Ranfurly Street - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Savage Crescent - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Shortland Street - one 2-bedroom home
  • Skerrett Crescent - one 2-bedroom home
  • Tait Drive - one 2-bedroom home
  • Westminster Avenue - two 2-bedroom homes - Completed
  • Winchester Place - two 2-bedroom homes - Completed
  • Wynyard Crescent - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • York Ave - one 2-bedroom home - Completed

What's happening

March - We delivered factsheets [PDF, 1.9 MB] to residents living around the 43 sites, and inviting them to an information drop-in session [PDF, 5.4 MB].

January - we updated the Mayor and local MP about Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for new homes in the Napier.

Hastings

What we're building

  • Albert Street - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Cambridge Street - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Kauri Street - two 3-bedroom homes 

New Plymouth

What we're building

  • Brixham Place - two 2-bedroom homes - Completed
  • Karaka Street - one two-bedroom home - Completed
  • Woodleigh Street - three 2-bedrorom homes

Palmerston North

What we're building

  • Cascade Crescent - two 2-bedroom homes - Completed
  • Hulme Street - two 1-bedroom homes - Completed
  • Ihle Street - two 1-bedroom and one 1-bedroom homes - Completed
  • Salford Place - two 2-bedroom homes - Completed
  • Upham Terrace - one 1-bedroom and one 2-bedroom home - Completed

What's happening

July - 34 stakeholders from 22 organisations in Palmerston North attended a Stakeholder Roadshow presentation, new homes bus tour and open home visit. Residents living around the new homes in Cascade Crescent we invited to an open home.

February - we updated Palmerston North City Council Mayor and local MP about Housing New Zealand's proposed plans for 11 new homes in Palmerston North.

We also delivered factsheets [PDF, 1.9 MB] to residents living around the nine sites.

Whanganui

What we're building

  • Poynter Place - seven 2-bedroom homes

What's happening

June - we wrote to the residents to update them on the construction progress.

March/April - we invited residents living around the Poynter Place Development to attend two drop in sessions.

January/February - we updated the Whanganui District Council Mayor and local MP about Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for nine new homes in Whanganui.

We also delivered factsheets [PDF, 2 MB] to residents living in the area.

Some of the sites being considered, have not proceeded.   

South Island

Nelson

What we're building

  • Kawai Street - two 2-bedroom homes
  • Kawai Street South - four 1-bedroom homes
  • Waimea Road - one 2-bedroom home

What's happening

February - we met with a senior staff member of Nelson District Council and the local electorate MP about Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for new homes on four sites in Nelson.

We also delivered a factsheet [PDF, 1.8 MB] to neighbours outlining what will be built.

Blenheim

What we're building

  • Alabama Road - one 2-bedroom home
  • Elizabeth Street - one 2-bedroom home
  • Graham Street - three 1-bedroom homes
  • Girling Avenue - one 2-bedroom home
  • Howick Road - one 2-bedroom home
  • Lee Street - one 1-bedroom home
  • Nelson Street - one 2-bedroom home
  • Scott Street - one 2-bedroom home

What's happening

April - we held a laying of the Mauri stone ceremony at one of the Blenheim sites, with representatives of the local iwi and the contractor.

February - we met with the Mayor and acting CEO of Marlborough District Council and updated the local electorate MP about Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for new homes on eleven sites in Blenheim.

We also delivered a factsheet [PDF, 1.4 MB] to neighbours outlining what will be built.

Ashburton

What we're building

  • Allens Road - six 1-bedroom homes
  • Trevors Road - four 1-bedroom homes

What's happening

March - we delivered a factsheet [PDF, 1.9 MB] to neighbours outlining what will be built.

February - we met with the Mayor of Ashburton District Council and the local electorate MP to discuss Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for new homes on two sites in Ashburton.

Timaru

What we're building

  • Andrew Street - two 1-bedroom homes - Completed
  • Canada Street - one 2-bedroom home
  • MacDonald Street - two 1-bedroom homes
  • Old North Road - one 2-bedroom home
  • Orbell Street - one 2-bedroom homes
  • Sommerset Street - two 1-bedroom homes

What's happening

March - we delivered a factsheet [PDF, 1.5 MB] to neighbours outlining what will be built.

February - we met with the Mayor and senior staff of Timaru District Council and the local electorate MP to discuss Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for new homes across seven sites in Timaru.

Dunedin

What we're building

  • Burgess Street - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Dalziel Road - one 4-bedroom home - Completed
  • Mulford Street - one 4-bedroom home - Completed
  • Perth Street - four 1-bedroom homes
  • Argyle Street, Mosgiel - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Inglis Street, Mosgiel - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Queen Street, Mosgiel - one 2-bedroom home - Completed

What's happening

August - we celebrated the opening of our first Dunedin redevelopment, a four bedroom home in Mulford Street, Concord. More than 40 guests attended the blessing and morning tea on 3 August, before a new family moved in to enjoy the spacious indoor-outdoor living. Read more on the opening.

April - Housing New Zealand, along with Dunedin Housing Maintenance Contractors and local supporters, organised a family fun day in Mosgiel that was a highlight for children during the school holidays. Read more about the day.

March - we delivered a factsheet [PDF, 1.5 MB] to neighbours outlining what will be built.

We also presented to the Otago and Southland Parliamentary Services an update on Housing New Zealand in general, plus regional demand and proposed new housing in Invercargill and Dunedin.

February - we met with the CEO of the City Council and updated local MPs and stakeholders about Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for new homes across 10 sites in Dunedin.

Invercargill

What we're building

  • Ettrick St - one 2-bedroom home - Completed
  • Ness Street - two 2-bedroom homes - Completed

What's happening

March - we delivered a factsheet [PDF, 1.9 MB] to neighbours outlining what would be built.

February - we met with the Mayor and CEO of Invercargill City Council and the local electorate MP to discuss Housing New Zealand’s proposed plans for new homes across two sites in Invercargill.

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