Greys Ave FAQs

Working together to take a fresh approach to supportive inner city living.

What is happening?
Housing New Zealand is developing its Greys Ave property in central Auckland.

What does this mean?
Housing New Zealand will develop its existing Greys Ave property in central Auckland. This will be a significant project and will take several years to complete. It will involve moving the current tenants to new homes. We are working closely with key government agencies including health and social development, not for profit organisations and international experts in supportive, inner city housing. We are also listening closely to the experiences of our current tenants and neighbours.

Does this redevelopment include the Lower Greys flats?
No, the Lower Greys Ave flats are not part of this redevelopment. The community areas and on-site support services can be utilised by all tenants at Upper and Lower Greys Ave. It’s important that we create a welcoming, supportive and connected community.

What is the timeline for this development?

November 2018 Resource consent lodged
July 2018 – February 2019 Tenant relocation
From April 2019

Demolition process starts

  • Set-up on site
  • Asbestos removal
  • Soft strip out
  • Demolition of building
August 2019 Estimated building construction start
2022 Estimated building completion and tenants move in

There will be ongoing engagement and communication with tenants, neighbours and stakeholders throughout the entire development.

Why can’t you keep the existing building?
The current 87-unit Greys Ave building is nearing the end of its economic life and currently does not fit the needs of our tenants. The current designs lead to lack of privacy as all customers have access to the entire walkway, and all units get walked passed on a regular basis. It is not possible to secure the communal walkways and it often leads to anti-social behaviours.

Most tenants on the Housing Register as single and require smaller homes, the current design holds two-bedroom, two-storey units. This design can be challenging for customers.

As the building is ideally located for connection to support services, Housing New Zealand is proposing to build an innovative building and living environment that supports all tenants who live there.

What are you building?
We will be creating a modern, supportive, urban community we can all be proud of, where our customers can live well in their homes. In total we will be creating approximately 280 new, warm, dry and safe homes in central Auckland. Of this, at least 200 will be retained as state houses and the remainder will be market rentals.

What is the mix of tenants you will have at the new building?
To create a modern, supportive and urban community a mixture of tenants is needed. Although these plans have not been finalised, we anticipate seeing:

  • approx. 200 apartments for tenants where up to 80 apartments would be for high needs tenants
  • approx. 125 apartments for medium/low needs tenants
  • approx. 76 apartments for non-public housing tenants

What is the typology of the new homes?
There will be 90 studio, 133 one-bedroom, and 53 two-bedroom new homes. This new development could home up to 500 Aucklanders.

Is the current Greys Ave property unsafe or uninhabitable?
The building is in a safe and reasonable condition for the moment however maintenance costs are extremely high. We believe there is a much better way to provide supportive inner city we’re engaging with our tenants, with neighbours, with other government agencies and with similar providers working in this space in Australia, Europe and North America.

What supportive housing models have you researched?
We have been engaging international experts who work in this space in Australia, Europe and North America. Here are some international supportive housing examples:

Can the building can be made fit for purpose and include wrap around services?
It is important that Housing New Zealand creates a supportive environment that can improve the wellbeing of our tenants. We have investigated both options of either refurbishment or redevelopment and also listened to the feedback of our tenants, neighbours and stakeholders. To get the best outcome for our tenants, a new purpose built building is required. Developing Greys Ave will allow us to create a building that is safe and secure, has welcoming spaces to improve wellbeing, and has on-site services to support our tenants.


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