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Te Kāinga: Wellington City Council’s affordable rental programme

High quality, family-friendly, long-term rental housing for workers in Wellington.

All our properties are aimed at those on medium to lower incomes who do not own a home. 

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

Completed in 2021 the entire building has been converted from office space into 52 high quality apartments.

Te Kāinga Aroha at 197 Willis St is set in the heart of the city’s CBD. It’s the first building in Wellington City Council’s affordable rental programme.

Rent for these apartments includes new whiteware, Wi-Fi, recycling, refuse collection and bicycle parking.

Next door to Te Kāinga Aroha, in the heart of the CBD and with all the best that Wellington has to offer on your doorstep.

Now complete, this building provides another 48, high quality, one and two bedroom apartments.

This is the second building in Wellington City Council’s affordable rental programme.

Our third and most recently opened apartment building.

Te Kāinga Te Pu offers 74 quality, two and three bedroom apartments in a range of sizes, providing more options for Wellingtonians to make a home in the city.

At 180 Willis Street Te Kāinga Te Pu is close to Te Kāinga Aroha and Te Aka, in the heart of the CBD.


There are apartments to suit singles, couples and families across our portfolio. We also have a number of homes with accessible features and we will be providing some accessible units in some of our future buildings.

High quality 1-3 bedroom rental apartments that include:

Free WiFi
Bike storage
Rubbish disposal

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone can apply for a Te Kāinga apartment but applications are prioritised based on the following criteria:

  • People on incomes under $95,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a couple or family who are not eligible for income related rent.
  • People who do not own their own home.
  • People who work in or intend to work in:
    • Public sector
    • Public transport
    • Hospitality
    • Tourism
    • Healthcare
    • Education and training
    • Māori organisations
    • The arts
    • Start-ups.

Where there is more demand than we have available units, applicants will be selected by ballot.

We will review the criteria over time to ensure the programme continues to meet the needs of the city.

Applicants meeting all three criteria will be the highest priority for an apartment. If there are more applications than available apartments, a ballot is held to ensure equitable opportunity for applicants.

You will need to provide your name, contact details, photo ID and 2 referees which will preferably include a current or former landlord. If you state you meet the criteria, you will need to provide evidence of this which is detailed on the application form.

Te Kāinga Aroha (197 Willis Street) has 52 apartments and opened in March 2021.

Te Kāinga Te Aka (203 Willis Street) has 54 apartments and opened in June 2022. Te Aka includes 6 apartments with accessible features, which opened in March 2023.

Te Kāinga Te Pu (180 Willis Street) has 74 apartments and opened in March 2023. 

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