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Kāinga Ora announces 2020 issuance plan, following increased Borrowing Protocol limit - 16 January 2020

Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities advises that its Borrowing Protocol limit[1] has increased from $3.05 billion to $7.10 billion. The increased limit provides headroom for future debt issuance, helping us to continue financing much-needed warm, dry and safe houses across New Zealand.

To provide debt capital markets with greater certainty of supply, Kāinga Ora is announcing a bond programme of around $2.5 billion for the 2020 calendar year. Further details on the issuance plan, as well as the financing strategy, are provided below.

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Kāinga Ora - Homes and Communities is the largest residential property owner in the country, owning or managing around 65,500 properties that house more than 187,000 New Zealanders.

Kāinga Ora has two key roles:

  • being a world-class public housing landlord, and
  • partnering with the development community, Māori, local and central government, and others on urban development projects of all sizes.

For more information on Kāinga Ora, read about us or download our latest Investor Update [PDF, 3.6 MB].


Kāinga Ora’s main subsidiary, Housing New Zealand Limited, re-entered debt capital markets in 2018, following a 19-year absence.

Kāinga Ora group’s Borrowing Protocol, which sets a limit on external borrowing, was increased from $150 million to $1,080 million in May 2017 to help finance the Auckland Housing Programme under the previous government. Under the current government, the limit increased from $3,050 million in June 2018 and again to $7,100 million in January 2020 to help us to continue financing much-needed warm, dry and safe houses across New Zealand.

Access to debt capital markets is important for Kāinga Ora, given it provides the flexibility and appropriate level of control required for our stewardship responsibilities - over 45,000 of our homes are reaching the end of their useful lives over the next twenty years and need to be renewed.

A strong focus on sustainability and wellbeing outcomes

Our Sustainability Financing Framework explicitly recognises the role we play in improving wellbeing outcomes for New Zealanders, and enabling us to link our financing requirements accordingly.

Read more around our focus on our sustainability and wellbeing page.



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Page updated: 16 January 2020