Housing New Zealand stock transfers: update

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Housing New Zealand is helping the Government to transfer ownership and management of Housing New Zealand properties around the country, as part of the Social Housing Reform Programme. Here’s the latest update on the programme.



Housing New Zealand is working with IHC subsidiary Accessible Properties to agree the best approach for the upcoming transfer of 1,140 properties in Tauranga. Housing New Zealand tenants in Tauranga will get a new landlord on 1 April 2017.



The Ministers announced in early November that they have decided not to proceed with the transfer of around 250 properties and tenancies in Horowhenua and Ōtaki to a community housing provider, due to complex iwi settlement issues.


Christchurch proposed transfer

The Government announced in November that it is exploring the option of transferring ownership and management of up to 2,500 Housing New Zealand houses in Christchurch to a new landlord. Details have yet to be finalised, but indications are that houses would be transferred in the suburbs of Riccarton, Bryndwr and Shirley.


Things to remember about the transfers

  • Nothing changes now. Tenants will be kept informed as the Government’s programme progresses.
  • It remains business as usual until the sale to a new community housing provider is finalised.
  • If our tenants get a new landlord:
    • The Government will make the transition to the new landlord as easy for them as possible.
    • Tenants will continue to be housed for as long as they are eligible for social housing.
    • Tenants’ rent will not change as a result of having a new landlord. 
    • Tenants’ eligibility will continue to be assessed by the Ministry of Social Development, as it is now.
    • Tenants will have the same rights as they do now, and their new landlord will have the same responsibilities as Housing New Zealand has now.


Tenants and stakeholders should still call Housing New Zealand if they want to talk about their tenancy or property on 0800 801 601 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday or 24/7 for urgent calls.

Read more about the Social Housing Reform Programme (external link) .


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