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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.

97% of our tenants recommend Te Kāinga to family and friends.

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

Te Kāinga Aroha (197 Willis St) is set in the heart of the city’s CBD. It’s the first building in the Te Kāinga affordable rental programme.

The apartments opened in 2021 after the entire building was converted from unused office space into 52 high quality apartments.

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

Next door to Te Kāinga Aroha, Te Aka (203 Willis St) has the best that Wellington has to offer on your doorstep.

This building provides another 54, one and two bedroom apartments. Te Aka includes six apartments on the ground floor with accessible features.

Te Aka opened in 2022 and is the second building in the Te Kāinga programme.

Our third and most recently opened apartment building.

Te Kāinga Te Pu offers 106 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, flatmates, and families across our portfolio. We also have a number of homes with accessible features and we’ll be adding more in our future buildings.

High quality one to three bedroom rental apartments that include:

Free WiFi
Bike storage
Rubbish disposal

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact the team who will answer your questions and guide you through the application process. They will provide you with a simple online application form. Email the team at [email protected] 

Anyone can apply for a Te Kāinga apartment.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide proof of income. This is so the team can assess whether you will be able to afford to pay the rent, and that you won’t be placed into hardship.

Sometimes there is high demand, especially for one-bedroom apartments.

In these cases, applications will be prioritised based on the criteria below and then selected by ballot.

  • People on incomes under $95,000 for an individual and under $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.

Appliants don’t have to meet all the priority criteria to apply for an apartment, but the more criteria you meet, the higher the priority your application will have.

There are 212 apartments in total.

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 106 apartments and opened in March 2023.

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