Arlington Apartments redevelopment

We are considering entering into an agreement with Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) for the redevelopment of social housing at Arlington sites 1 and 3.

Several units which make up part of Arlington Apartments.

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

Council Minutes Thursday 18 April 2019 

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, feedback from the consultation was reported to the Long-term and Annual Plan Committee and Council meetings.

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

Council Minutes Wednesday 26 June 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.

The purpose of the project is to develop new social and affordable housing at Arlington Apartment sites 1 and 3.


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 105 good quality social housing apartments. We leased the homes to HNZC in 2018 for seven years. This provides social housing to some of the city's most vulnerable people.

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

We now propose to enter into an agreement with HNZC for the development of Arlington sites 1 and 3. HNZC would lease the sites for 125 years and redevelop them to provide a mix of between 230 and 300 modern social and affordable homes, including up to 40 supported living units for the city's most vulnerable residents. The crown, through HNZC would finance, develop and maintain the site, and manage the tenancies.

Arlington masterplan

A proposed masterplan, to inform the redevelopment of the site, was completed in 2018. The Council's masterplan assessed the optimum number of housing units, urban design considerations and planning principles for the sites. The masterplan allows for the delivery of housing units in a mix of low, medium and high density homes designed to bring the community together and connect with the surrounding area.

The plan does not focus on detailed design or specific costings because these could vary depending on final decisions about how the site will be developed. The Council agreed that the proposed masterplan be used to set the direction for the future development decisions for the Arlington sites. The plan does not represent HNZC’s specific masterplanning or typologies for the site.

More information

John McDonald
Housing Development Manager
Phone: 04 499 4444