Te Kāinga affordable rental apartments

Te Kāinga is a partnership between the Council and private building owners to provide high quality, family-friendly, long-term rental housing to workers in Wellington.

The programme has no impact on rates and was identified as a priority project in Our 10-year Plan – Housing Strategy (2018-2028).

Council has committed to providing 1,000 Te Kāinga affordable rental apartments in the next five years.

As part of the agreement, the building owners are responsible for construction and maintenance of the apartments and the Council is responsible for tenancy management. This makes it cost neutral for the Council as we receive a tenancy management fee from the developer.

Te Kāinga buildings

You can find out more about our buildings on our Te Kāinga Apartments website.

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, visit the Te Kāinga apartments website to arrange a viewing.

Boulcott Street – 37 one and two bedroom apartments, some with working from home space, expected end of June 2022.

Sign up for updates

To get the latest news on this programme and to find out when Te Kāinga apartments are available, sign up to our mailing list:

Te Kāinga mailing list

Target group

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 medium to lower 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 medium-to-low 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 the 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.

More information

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: tekainga@wcc.govt.nz