If you’re passionate about the housing sector, and interested in providing better housing options for all New Zealanders, then Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities could be the right place for you to start your career.

The 18-month graduate development programme is designed to develop your capability in one of the three streams Construction and Innovation (C&I), Urban Planning and Design (UPD) or Technology. The programme offers a hands-on learning environment that gives you real life experience in worthwhile projects that impact better outcomes for New Zealanders, and will provide a solid foundation for a successful career with Kāinga Ora and beyond.   From day one you will get involved in real mahi with meaningful deliverables and responsibilities. You’ll work alongside industry leaders on iconic projects that help create a better Aotearoa.

Why Us

At Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities, we’re responsible for transforming housing choices, outcomes and the entire housing sector by creating homes and communities to allow all New Zealanders to thrive.  Working for Kāinga Ora is an exciting chance to make a real and positive impact on New Zealanders' lives. With skills, planning and purposeful action, our people are creating the homes and neighbourhoods that will build Aotearoa's future.

With a new urban development focus, Kāinga Ora works in partnership to deliver quality urban developments that connect homes with jobs, transport, open spaces and the facilities for the communities’ needs. This includes accelerating the availability of build-ready land, and building the right mix of new housing including public, affordable, open market, and first-home-buyer homes of different types, sizes and tenures.

We are passionate about transforming New Zealand for the better. That includes being a trusted partner for Māori and iwi, protecting and enabling their rights, interests and aspirations under the guidance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Benefits of the programme

Supportive environment
Manaakitanga (the process of showing repect, generosity and care for others) is at the heart of our programme and every step of the way our graduates have support from a Job Coach, Mentor and Buddy.

Continuous Learning
Structured learning programme designed to accelerate personal and professional growth.

Cross team rotational programme. Graduates get involved in real mahi with meaningful deliverables and responsibilities that will improve the lives of New Zealanders.

Permanent Role
All Kāinga Ora Graduates begin as permanent employees and on successful completion of the programme will move into a permanent role which is relevant to the areas of the organisation they have worked in.

Application Criteria

If you can answer 'yes' to each of the following statements, you are eligible to apply to our graduate programme:

  • I am a New Zealand Citizen, New Zealand Permanent Resident or Resident
  • I hold a relevant Bachelor's Degree or will complete my Degree by the start of the Graduate Programme in February 2024. See the list of preferred degree types. [PDF, 30 KB]
  • I am available to start the Graduate programme in February 2024.
  • I am able to base myself in Auckland for the duration of the 18-month Graduate Programme.

Apply now

Start your career with us in our Graduate Development Programme(external link).

Selection Process

There are 4 stages to our selection process. You will only progress to the next stage if you meet the eligibility criteria. Applications open 21 July and close 11.55pm 25 August 2023. The selection stages are:

Our teams participating in the Graduate Programme

Using a learning model where the majority of the learning will come from on the job experience, find your fit from one of the following streams:

Meet some of our graduates

Check out the videos below and hear directly from some of our current and previous members of the graduate programme.

Page updated: 21 August 2023