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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 are employed in public sector roles and may otherwise find it difficult to access appropriate housing options in the city.

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.


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 but applications are prioritised based on the following criteria:

  • People who work in, or are qualified for and intend to work in a public sector role.
  • People on a medium to low income (under $95,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a couple or family) who have difficulty accessing rental housing in Wellington City and are not eligible for income related rent.
  • Do not own their own home.

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.

The first Te Kāinga building, Te Kāinga Aroha at 197 Willis Street has been open since March 2021 and is made up of 52 apartments.

Te Kāinga Te Aka, 203 Willis Street was recently completed in June 2022 and is made up of 48 one and two bedroom apartments.

Te Kāinga Te Weu at 53 Boulcott Street has a further 37 apartments. We will provide updates on this building during September 2022.

Council has committed to providing 1000 units over the next five years and officers are currently progressing other buildings

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