To meet growing demand for warm, dry state houses, Kāinga Ora is building thousands of new homes on land we own. Before we can start though, we often have to rehouse tenants into another home to make way for redevelopment.

The importance of community

We understand that leaving your community can be stressful and disruptive so Housing New Zealand has created a policy to provide all tenants affected by redevelopment, the choice to return to their local community as soon as possible.

What happens if we plan to redevelop

If you are affected by redevelopment, and have to be rehoused, a Tenancy Liaison Officer will ask you about your preferences for areas to live in, taking into account where your children are going to school or tertiary education, where your job might be and where things like your doctor or church is located.

That means, if we have to rehouse you, we will try our best to:

Find a permanent home in your current community, if that’s what you prefer.

If we can’t find a suitable home in your local community straight away, we will move you temporarily and prioritise the search for a replacement home for you.

If you don’t want to remain in your local community, or if you find you are happy in a home outside the area, you will not have to return to the original suburb.

The Choice to Return policy has been created to house as many of our tenants as possible in communities that fit with their lives. It might take time to find the house that does fit but freeing up land to build more homes ultimately increases the prospects for everyone. If you are affected by one of our redevelopments and have to move, the decision on which community you live in will be lead by you.

Page updated: 9 December 2019