Community Groups and Community Group Housing

Published: 8 February 2017

Councils, community groups and other non-Government organisations make a significant contribution to social housing in New Zealand.

Government agencies including Housing New Zealand and the Social Housing Unit (external link) (a semi-autonomous unit within the Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment) collaborate with these organisations to provide more housing for New Zealanders on low incomes or with special housing needs.


The Social Housing Unit (external link) (SHU) was set up in July 2011, and in October 2011, announced the availability of four new funds. The SHU will work with third sector providers, including iwi, that are largely self-sustaining and have the ability to draw on a range of external capabilities and sources of finance. It will provide funding, land or surplus state housing stock, or a combination of these, to support these groups to develop a mature social housing sector. 

Legacy Lending

If you have queries about the Rural Housing Programme or a Housing Innovation Fund/Maori Demonstration Partnership (HIF/MDP) loan approved prior to July 2011, contact the Legacy Manager. Social Housing providers interested in new lending should contact the SHU (external link) .

Community Group Housing

Community Group Housing is a service provided by Housing New Zealand. The service provides rental homes for government-funded groups or organisations that provide residential community services. To find out more about the community-based programmes we are involved in, contact us.

Tāmaki Transformation

The Tāmaki Regeneration is the largest urban regeneration programme in New Zealand. It is unique in its commitment to achieve partnerships between the community, central and local Government agencies and private investors.

To find out more, visit the Tāmaki Regeneration Company (external link) website.


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