Kāinga Ora is redeveloping our well-known site at 139 Greys Ave in central Auckland. We will be housing more people in a supportive housing environment which will help our tenants live more stable and productive lives.


Future state

We have been working closely with key government agencies including health and social development, non-for-profit and international experts in supportive, inner-city housing. We have also been listening to the experiences of our customers and neighbours.

Render of roadside view of 139 Greys Ave

Roadside view of 139 Greys Ave

What’s being built?

We will be creating a welcoming, supportive and connected community within an environment that promotes greater health and wellbeing. There will be a community hub on the ground level along with a 24/7 concierge service. The building will be a safe place to live, work and visit.

There is over 2000 sqm of indoor communal space for community making and engagement. It will feature a shared kitchen, dining hall, recreation space and medical facilities. We have designed informal gathering spaces on each floor to help create a sense of home and community.

There will be an increase in scale and social diversity by creating 276 apartments with at least 200 retained as state homes. Up to 80 of those state apartments would be designed for higher and complex need tenants many of whom are currently homeless. Approximately 75 apartments are to be rented to the private market. All customers will be supported by on-site support services such as healthcare, counselling and skill development.

The ground floor will have a Kāinga Ora office and there will be around 1000 sqm of lettable commercial space.

Building A, which is currently being targeted for non-public housing, will see:

  • 22 studio units
  • 33 one-bedroom units
  • 21 two-bedroom units

Building B will be retained as state houses will see:

  • 32 studio units
  • 16 one-bedroom units
  • 32 two-bedroom units

Building C will be retained as state houses will see:

  • 36 studio units
  • 84 one-bedroom units


November 2018 Resource consent lodged
July 2018 – February 2019 Tenant relocation
From April 2019 Demolition process starts
  • Set-up on site
  • Asbestos removal
  • Soft strip out
  • Demolition of building
Early 2020 Estimated civil works start
Late 2022 Estimated building completion and tenants move in


Past state

The building was at the end of its life, no longer fit for purpose, and it didn’t meet the needs of our customers. The 3,918 sqm, 87 unit site is ideally located for its connection to support services in Auckland’s city centre. Our customers have a mix of needs and requirements and these could be better supported on-site.

Demolition has now been completed and construction is expected to be completed late 2022.

Page updated: 10 February 2020