Nelson housing developments

There is a significant housing shortage and urgent need for housing in the Nelson region. There is also a shortage of land that can be developed and planning limitations.

Our early plans suggest we could deliver more than 270 new homes across Nelson in the next few years.

Community engagement

On 16th October our community engagement team held two community drop-in sessions [PDF, 37 KB] in Nelson.

The sessions were an opportunity for the community to find out more about the new developments planned for the area and ask questions like:

  • How sites are identified for new housing.
  • Our design, planning and construction processes.
  • How we place people into homes and manage our housing.
  • How we support customers to live well in their homes and community.

Our interactive map(external link) has more information about the homes we're planning for the Nelson region. Or you can  download our latest brochure, Housing opportunities for Nelson [PDF, 2 MB] – October 2023.

Tuia te Hapori – The new community space in Southeast Stoke

In February 2024, Tuia te Hapori, a new community space­, opened in southeast Stoke.

Tuia te Hapori, which means to ‘sew/bind the community’, is one of the initiatives that has come out of a multiagency group – including Kāinga Ora, Te Korowai Trust, Nelson City Council, Nelson Tasman Housing Trust, New Zealand Police, and the Department of Internal Affairs – that has collaborated to support the southeast Stoke community.

The purpose of Tuia te Hapori is to provide a safe space for the community to engage and connect with agencies, groups, or services available. Tuia te Hapori can be used by any agency or group to host activations, workshops, or events that are beneficial to this community.

Many groups completed a substantial amount of work to transform the empty Kāinga Ora site on the corner of Karaka / Orchard Streets into the community space, including funding from the Lottery Grants Board. Mitre10 MEGA Helping Hands, with the assistance of our local trades, also played a huge part in the delivery of this project.

If you are interested in using Tuia te Hapori, please email us on:

Want to know more about our developments in Nelson?

For the latest updates and development progress check our Housing developments page(external link).

Subscribe(external link) to our quarterly newsletter, for updates about the homes planned for Nelson/Tasman.

You can also get in touch with our community engagement team by email or freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred. They can connect with you via email, phone, online or meet face to face to talk.

Note: the Nelson area includes, but is not limited to Stoke, Nelson Central, The Wood and Nelson South.

Page updated: 12 April 2024