Housing Provider Research Partners

This research programme is in partnership with housing providers across Aotearoa who work with us to conduct the research and provide feedback and findings in real time. Below is some information on each housing provider. The Crown Agency Kāinga Ora – homes and communities is collaborating in various ways with several of the housing providers: Tāmaki Regeneration Programme; Eastern Porirua Regeneration; Wainuiomata Marae Trust and Te Toi Mahana.

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Tāmaki Regeneration Company  

Led by the Tāmaki Regeneration Company, Aotearoa’s largest inner city urban regeneration project covers some 880 hectares across the inner eastern Auckland suburbs of Glen Innes, Point England and Panmure. 2,500 state homes are being replaced by a mix of 7,500 public and other tenure houses. Innovations include the Tāmaki Commitment to rehousing people in the area, simultaneous neighbourhood regeneration and linked supportive housing, and allowing people to remain in the same house despite tenure changes. There is also a strong emphasis on sustainable public transport hubs and supporting employment, such as Tāmaki Insight, where tenants are trained to be social researchers and interviewers.

Eastern Porirua Regeneration

Over a 25 year period, the Government is investing $1.5 billion and working alongside the community, Porirua City Council and local iwi, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, in Eastern Porirua to upgrade around 2,000 homes and create ~1,500 new public, market, and affordable homes. The project will also upgrade infrastructure and design better neighbourhoods, including improving parks and streets, to make them safer and easier to get around and do business in.

Wainuiōmata Marae Trust

The Wainuiōmata Marae Trust has been working for over a decade to help ameliorate housing affordability and environmental issues in the community and to continue to create and maintain positive relationships with and for the people of Wainuiōmata. In the last few years, the Trust has been working through project planning, legal issues, financing, and evaluation and research opportunities to progress a papakāinga housing development.

In May 2022, the Māori Land Court approved land being used for building papakāinga housing. Kāinga Ora will partner with the Trust to design and build a sustainable development led by and for Māori. The development process and outcomes are being documented by Kāinga Ora and the PHUR research team as a case study to share the learnings and help remove barriers to better enable future papakāinga developments.

Te Toi Mahana (previously Wellington City Housing)

Te Toi Mahana is a Community Housing Provider (CHP) that was established on 1 August 2023 to take over the management of Wellington City Council’s social housing portfolio. Te Toi Mahana is dedicated to providing safe, secure and affordable housing in Wellington. With a portfolio of over 1900 homes and over 3000 tenants, it is committed to building strong, sustainable communities that support the wellbeing of residents.

The name, Te Toi Mahana, was gifted from its Tākai Here (Mana Whenua) partners and means “the place of caring and nuturing, standing and belonging”.

Te Toi mahana is the second largest housing provider in Wellington, after Kāinga Ora, and provides housing from Tawa through to Miramar. It delivers a critical service for Wellington and plays a key role in the provision of good quality, below market rent, housing.

The CHP will be able to access the Income Related Rent Subsidy (IRRS) scheme for new eligible tenants, while current tenants will still pay approximately 70% of market rental value. 

Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust

Ōtautahi Community Housing Trust, formed by Christchurch City Council, is the largest independent community housing provider (CHP) in Aotearoa, providing 2,300 social houses and aiming to use community housing as a platform for improving client wellbeing. Their homes are all compliant with the Healthy Homes Guarantee Act as of 2021. They have a range of wellbeing initiatives underway to support skills development within their community (such as a digital inclusion programme). They also have a strong sustainability commitment evident in their new development designs and a trail of e-car and e-bike share schemes underway in a new housing complex.

Salvation Army Social Housing

The Salvation Army, a registered community housing provider, has a portfolio of 350 existing social houses and six new housing projects underway as part of its long-term capital investments. In Auckland, they have recently built 50 units in Royal Oak, 22 units in Westgate, and 45 units in Botany and Flatbush. The Salvation Army has pastoral care teams that provide community infrastructure and wraparound services to tenants.

Dwell Housing Trust

Dwell Housing Trust (‘Dwell’) provides affordable, quality housing for people in need or on a low income, with the belief that affordable, stable, and healthy housing is a fundamental right. Dwell was established in 2013 through the merger of Wellington ​Housing Trust and Mahora House Inc. and is a registered Community Housing Provider (CHP) with charitable status.  ​The total value of housing assets is $38.8 million. Dwell owns 42 homes and manages 41 homes for others, 98 tenancies overall. Another 19 homes will be completed in May 2023, and the construction of 10 more homes is underway.