Wellington’s housing strategy and action plan

We want all Wellingtonians to be well-housed.

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That means everyone living in safe, warm, dry homes that are affordable for them.

Lots of different actions will be needed and no one agency can achieve it all - so the Council will work with its partners in government and the community to increase housing supply and address the gaps.

Our housing strategy sets out our approach and our plan. We will focus on people right across the housing spectrum including temporary housing, short and long-term rental, and home ownership. We support a housing system that looks after our most vulnerable communities.

The Wellington context

Housing in Wellington is becoming less affordable and there is growing pressure on the Wellington housing market. 

The city is growing – up to 30,000 new homes will be needed by 2043 – so we need to take action or the problem will get worse. 

Housing needs to be affordable if all Wellingtonians are to have safe, warm, dry homes that meet their needs.

What does affordability mean for people living in Wellington?

That’s the question we are seeking to answer.

We’ve developed a model – the Wellington Housing Affordability Model (WHAM) that will help us understand what housing is affordable, and for whom.

The WHAM takes account of household size, composition and income level – it’s not a ‘one size fits all’.

Once complete, WHAM will be used alongside other measures and information to help Council make more informed decisions about housing in Wellington.

How will the WHAM help?

The WHAM will help us make better decisions about housing because we will know:

  • Who a particular rent or purchase price is affordable for
  • What is affordable for a particular population or group
  • How affordable a rental amount or purchase price is for a particular group (and by how much)

We are testing the model right now, before we start using it to help make decisions and target our limited resources at a local level.