Renting a home
Tips for getting started if you would like to apply for social housing, including a Kāinga Ora home.
When thinking about renting a home, it’s hard to know where to start.
The first step - Ministry of Social Development
Your first step is talk to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) - Work and Income(external link) about your housing needs (search 'Public housing on their website). They’ll discuss your situation with you, and look at the best way to help. If you are eligible for social housing, they’ll arrange an assessment interview for you.
To get started visit or call:
- Work and Income - Apply for public housing(external link) on 0800 559 009 or
- Senior Services(external link) on 0800 552 002 if you’re over 65.
Kāinga Ora does not offer emergency housing, this is organised through Ministry of Social Development.
For more information on emergency housing and how to apply visit https://check.msd.govt.nz/services/emergency-housing(external link)
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Page updated: 5 July 2023