State houses have been part of the New Zealand landscape for more than 100 years. As the country’s largest landlord, we provide homes for more than 185,000 state housing tenants and their families across the country.

Many of our houses are more than 50 years old, are nearing the end of their lives and no longer meet the needs of our tenants and their whānau. What’s more, the family make-up is changing. The typical three-bedroom state house doesn’t always suit tenants who are either living alone or have larger families. Alongside this, demand for housing, particularly in our main centres, is outpacing supply.

We are leading the biggest state housing build programme in decades to help address this shortage. This will see around 1,000 new state homes a year delivered in towns and cities throughout New Zealand.

These new homes will make better use of land and reflect the needs of our tenants and their families. We will build a mix of housing types from single stand-alone homes to duplexes, terraced houses and apartments. They will be built to meet modern standards, be fully insulated with double glazing and provide comfortable, modern spaces for our tenants.

In addition to building more homes, we’re also refurbishing many of our existing ones. This renewal programme will see 75 percent of our properties upgraded over the next 20 years, improving their durability and energy efficiency, and supporting better health outcomes for our customers.

Our new build and renewal programme will see us invest $5.6 billion in our state houses from 2018 to 2022 – the largest investment in our houses for decades providing better quality homes for people and their families.

Page updated: 9 December 2019