Te Kāinga buildings
Te Kāinga Aroha – 52 one, two, and three bedroom apartments at 197 Willis Street. Currently tenanted, sign up to the mailing list to be notified of future availability.
203 Willis Street – 48 one and two bedroom apartments, available in early 2022
Boulcott Street – 37 one, two, and three bedroom apartments, available in early 2022.
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The aim of the Te Kāinga programme is to provide secure, affordable and long-term rental accommodation in Wellington that can be accessed by those on lower to medium incomes who are employed in essential public service sector roles and may otherwise find it difficult to access appropriate housing options in the city.
Priority criteria for apartments
Applications for the apartments will be prioritised based on the following criteria.
- People who work in, or are qualified for and intend to work in an essential public sector role.
- People on a low-to-medium income (under $85,000 for an individual and $130,000 for a group) who have difficulty accessing rental housing in Wellington City and are not eligible for income related rent.
- Do not own their own home.
Those who meet all the criteria are the highest priority for these apartments. We will review this criteria over time to ensure the programme continues to meet the needs of the city.
Where there is more demand than we have available units, applicants will be selected by ballot.
Rents are assessed against the Wellington Housing Affordability Model that helps us understand what housing is affordable and for whom.
Wellington Housing Affordability Model (76KB PDF)
Rents will be assessed annually.
Rent increases will be kept to a minimum and only when it is necessary to ensure the programme continues to have no impact on ratepayers. Increases will not be linked to market rent.
This means the apartments remain more affordable than private market rentals over time. This gives our tenants added financial certainty as well as security of tenure.
Te Kāinga is managed by a dedicated team within the Council’s Build Wellington business unit.
For more information on this programme or to make contact with the team email: email@example.com