Arlington Apartments redevelopment

We have now entered into an agreement with Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, they will lease Arlington sites 1 and 3 for the redevelopment of social housing and other housing options.

Several units which make up part of Arlington Apartments.

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, feedback from the Arlington redevelopment project consultation was reported to the Long-term and Annual Plan Committee and Council meetings. At this meeting the Council made the decision to lease the site to Kāinga Ora for 125 years. Further details are available through the links below:

Long-term and Annual Plan Committee Minutes Wednesday 26 June 2019

Council Minutes Wednesday 26 June 2019

On Thursday 18 April 2019, Councillors agreed to a proposal to consult the public about an agreement with Kāinga Ora.

Council Minutes Thursday 18 April 2019 


Arlington Apartments, located in Mount Cook, is the largest social housing site in Wellington. It comprises three sites located between Arlington and Hankey Streets, and Taranaki and Hopper Streets in Mount Cook.

Most of the complex was deemed no longer fit for purpose about a decade ago. Tenants' needs were changing and the homes were below modern living standards. Most of the homes stood empty for a period of time.

These sites have now been leased to Kāinga Ora.


Wellington will need up to 30,000 new homes by 2043, to match expected housing needs.

We redeveloped Arlington site 2 (now named Te Māra), doubling the capacity to 104 good quality social housing apartments. We leased the homes to Kāinga Ora in 2018 for seven years.

There is no funding available in our budget to redevelop Arlington sites 1 and 3, without creating an impact on rates.

We have now entered into an agreement with Kāinga Ora for the development of Arlington sites 1 and 3. Kāinga Ora will lease the sites for 125 years and redevelop them to provide a mix of 300 modern and high quality public and affordable homes, including up to 40 supported living units for the city's most vulnerable residents. The crown, through Kāinga Ora will finance, develop and maintain the site, and manage the tenancies.

For all enquiries about this redevelopment please contact Kāinga Ora’s Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager Jo Burleigh on 0800 801 601 or 021 595 358 or email