Investing in Porirua

Better homes. Great neighbourhoods.

Over the next 25 years the Government will work alongside the community, the Porirua City Council and the local iwi Ngāti Toa Rangatira, in Eastern Porirua to:

  • Replace old, cold and damp Housing NZ houses with warm, dry modern housing better suited to tenants’ needs
  • Create opportunities for home ownership by building affordable, market and KiwiBuild homes
  • Create better designed local neighbourhoods, including upgrading parks and streets, to make it easier to get around and do business
  • Think about the community’s future schooling needs and create jobs for locals.

Up to $1.5 billion in Government funding is expected to be spent on making Eastern Porirua a better place to live, work and raise a family.

At the same time the Government intends partnering with Ngāti Toa to improve public housing in Western Porirua.

Together, the work in Eastern and Western Porirua is expected to result in:

BETTER PUBLIC HOUSING About 2900 Housing New Zealand properties will be renewed to make them warmer, drier and safer for those most in need. PROVIDING AFFORDABLE, MARKET AND KIWIBUILD HOMES Around 2000 extra affordable and market homes, including KiwiBuild homes, will be built, with eligible local residents given priority balloting when selecting who can buy the KiwiBuild homes. MORE PUBLIC HOUSING 150 new and additional homes added to the public housing stock elsewhere in Porirua.

Get involved

While the Eastern Porirua regeneration will be housing - led, it won’t stop there. The Government, council and Ngāti Toa want to unlock the potential for social and economic growth in Eastern Porirua. To do that the community needs to be at the heart of all our planning. Over the coming months HLC will be having conversations throughout the community, to encourage people to become involved in helping shape how this work unfolds. All those who call Eastern Porirua home - residents, businesses and community organisations - will have a role to play in helping plan Eastern Porirua’s future. Sign up for updates on this website or visit HLC’s temporary home at Cannons Creek Shopping Centre car park to learn more. Our opening hours are: Thursday 12.00pm - 3.00pm Friday 12.00pm - 3.00pm Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm

The areas covered by the changes

The Eastern Porirua regeneration will transform the suburbs of Ranui, Cannons Creek, Waitangirua and Ascot Park. The partnership with Ngāti Toa in the west will renew public housing in Titihi Bay, Mana and Tawa.

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Why the focus on Eastern Porirua?

Eastern Porirua has one of the highest concentrations of public housing in NZ, with most of these houses built in the 1960s and 1970s. As a result, many are old, damp and not the size and type that Porirua families most need now, and in the future. Many private rentals are in worse condition, and in both public and private housing in Eastern Porirua there are levels of housing need and over-crowding. The timing is right for some ambitious thinking about Eastern Porirua’s future, with the opening of Transmission Gully and the current revision of the city’s District Plan opening up exciting options.

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“The Eastern Porirua community deserves investment. We intend to work alongside community, Ngāti Toa and Porirua City Council at every step to deliver change that will benefit that community for generations to come.”Prime minister Jacinda Ardern, 1 November 2018
What’s happening in Western Porirua?

The Government and Ngāti Toa are united in wanting to improve public housing across Porirua. To deepen the Crown-Maori relationship with Ngāti Toa, and deliver better quality public housing in Western Porirua, the government is partnering with Ngāti Toa. The iwi will renew and upgrade public housing in Titahi Bay, Mana, Takapuwhaia, Elsdon and Tawa while managing 900 HNZ properties and tenancies in those areas. This unique agreement recognises the historical and current importance of Ngāti Toa within this community, and opens up exciting possibilities for future public housing in Porirua.

When will these changes happen?

In Eastern Porirua, we expect physical works to start in 2019. This is a 25-year project, and it is very early days, so the detail is still to come. But we expect the first public housing to be delivered in 2019 and the first KiwiBuild homes in 2020.

In Western Porirua, the details of the arrangement are yet to be finalised, but If Ngāti Toa does take over as landlord of these houses it will not be until mid to late 2019. The Government will work with Ngāti Toa to finalise an agreement with them. The agreement is expected to be in place by mid-2019.

We expect the transition to take about six months once the agreement is in place. This will provide for a smooth transition from Housing New Zealand to Ngāti Toa as the new landlord.  

Throughout that time Housing New Zealand will keep tenants informed of what is happening and when. Ngāti Toa would become the new landlord around late 2019.

How will Porirua benefit?

In both Eastern and Western Porirua, there will be a greater choice of high-quality housing available, including warm and dry houses for Housing New Zealand tenants, in configurations that better fit the needs of modern tenants. High-quality homes are healthy homes. In Eastern Porirua new public housing will be mixed with affordable market housing, creating greater affordable home ownership options for those who want to buy their own home. These ownership options will include KiwiBuild homes that will be sold through a ballot system that will give preference to existing residents. New homes will bring new people to the area to invest in and contribute to the community, and the work will help create jobs for locals. In Eastern Porirua, the streets, parks and public open spaces near the new housing will be upgraded, to make it easier for people to come together, to get around and to do business. The regeneration work there will also provide an opportunity for the community to think about their future education needs.

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Existing homes in Eastern Porirua
What about Housing New Zealand tenants?

All existing Housing New Zealand tenants in Eastern and Western Porirua will continue to be housed, and the amount they pay in rent will not increase as a result of these changes. The regeneration plan will see public housing in Porirua renewed and upgraded over time, providing better quality homes for tenants. Tenants are not affected immediately by development plans, but when decisions are made to develop new homes, current Housing New Zealand tenants will be the first to know. Housing New Zealand has a dedicated Tenancy Liaison team that supports tenants who are moving into new homes. We will be updating the website as the project progresses. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns please call Housing New Zealand on 0800 801 601

What will the homes be like?

There will be house types for all kinds of families. They will range from one-bedroom to five-bedroom family homes and will include terraced and free-standing housing as well as apartments. Recognising the needs of our aging population, they will include small, low maintenance units for elderly people.

Who is doing the work?

HLC is managing the development of the area and master planning of the new amenities, like streets and parks in Eastern Porirua. HLC is owned by Housing New Zealand Corporation. The company was formed 12 years ago to oversee the development of Hobsonville Point in Auckland. On behalf of Housing New Zealand, HLC is currently working on projects similar to the Porirua one in Mangere, Northcote, Oranga and Mt Roskill. In Porirua, HLC will be working with Porirua City Council, the local iwi Ngāti Toa and the community to deliver change that will be benefit generations to come.

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Hobsonville Point
Who else is involved?

As well as HLC and Housing New Zealand the following government agencies and organisation have worked with Ngāti Toa and the Porirua City Council on the initial scoping work required getting government approval for this project: The Treasury, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministries of Business, Innovation and Employment, Social Development and Education.