Te Kāinga CBD Apartment Conversions

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 Te Kāinga programme responds to the shortage of affordable rental properties in Wellington. The Council have partnered with private building owners to convert former office spaces into apartments. The programme has no impact on rates, was identified as a priority project in Our 10-year Plan – Housing Strategy (2018-2028)

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

Te Kāinga Aroha

We have entered into an agreement with The Wellington Company to convert former commercial premises at 195 Willis Street into affordable rental apartments. Wellington City Council will manage the tenancies for 15 years.

The 195 Willis Street development will provide 52 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

More information

Build Wellington is the team responsible for the redevelopment of the Council’s social housing sites, the central point of contact for developers looking to partner with Council to increase the supply of housing for the city and the team leading on the Wellington City Council Housing Strategy.

For more information on this work or to make contact with the team contact:

Build Wellington
Phone: 04 499 4444
housingdevelopment@wcc.govt.nz