Nau mai, haere mai. On 1 October, Housing New Zealand joined HLC and KiwiBuild to form Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities.

Information on this site is still current. For more information about Kāinga Ora visit the Kāinga Ora website.

Renting a home

Published: 27 September 2017

If you would like to apply for social housing, including a Kāinga Ora home.

When thinking about renting a house, it’s hard to know where to start.

The first step - Ministry of Social Development

Your first step is talk to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD)(external link) about your housing needs.  They’ll discuss your situation with you, and look at the best way to help. If you are eligible for social housing, they’ll arrange an assessment interview for you.

To get started call:

Emergency housing

Kāinga Ora does not offer emergency housing this is organised through Ministry of Social Development.  For more information on emergency housing and how to apply visit www.housing.msd.govt.nz.(external link)

Quick view of who does what

Steps to renting a house quick view of what MSD version HNZ does

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