Nau mai, haere mai. On 1 October, Housing New Zealand joined HLC and KiwiBuild to form Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.

Information on this site is still current. For more information about Kāinga Ora visit the Kāinga Ora website.

Greys Ave overview

Working together to take a fresh approach to supportive inner city living.

Housing New Zealand is redeveloping our well-known site at 139 Greys Ave in central Auckland. We will be housing more people in a supportive housing environment which will help our tenants live more stable and productive lives.

Current state

The building is at the end of its life, no longer fit for purpose, and it doesn’t fit the needs of our tenants. The 3,918 sqm, 87 unit site is ideally located for its connection to support services in Auckland’s city centre. Current tenants have a mix of needs and requirements and these could be better supported on-site.

Demolition is currently underway and work is expected to be completed early 2021.

Greys Avenue

Future state

We have been working closely with key government agencies including health and social development, non-for-profit and international experts in supportive, inner-city housing. We have also been listening to the experiences of our tenants and neighbours.

What’s being built?

We will be creating a welcoming, supportive and connected community within an environment that promotes greater heath and wellbeing. There will be a community hub on the ground level along with a 24/7 concierge service. The building will be a safe place to live, work and visit.

There is over 2000 sqm of indoor communal space for community making and engagement. It will feature a shared kitchen, dining hall, recreation space and medical facilities. We have designed informal gathering spaces on each floor to help create a sense of home and community.

There will be an increase in scale and social diversity by creating approximately 275 apartments with at least 200 retained as state homes. Up to 80 of those state apartments would be designed for higher and complex need tenants many of whom are currently homeless. Approximately 75 apartments are to be rented to the private market. All tenants will be supported by on-site support services such as healthcare, counselling and skill development.

The ground floor will have a Housing New Zealand office. There will be around 1000 sqm of lettable commercial space.

Building A, which is currently being targeted for non-public housing, will see:

  • 22 studio units
  • 33 one-bedroom units
  • 21 two-bedroom units

Building B will be retained as state houses will see:

  • 32 studio units
  • 16 one-bedroom units
  • 32 two-bedroom units

Building C will be retained as state houses will see:

  • 36 studio units
  • 84 one-bedroom units


November 2018 Resource consent lodged
July 2018 – February 2019 Tenant relocation
From April 2019

Demolition process starts

  • Set-up on site
  • Asbestos removal
  • Soft strip out
  • Demolition of building
2020 Estimated civil works start
2022 Estimated building completion and tenants move in


General public enquiries

If you have any questions or feedback on the development, and to register for updates, contact

Media enquiries

If you have any media questions, contact Advise us of the deadline you are working to when making your enquiry and we will do our best to facilitate your request.

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