COVID-19 Development Update


On 20 April, the Prime Minister announced that we will be moving to an Alert Level 3 at 11.59pm on 27 April. With construction already confirmed as a permitted activity under Alert Level 3 we will begin reopening construction sites around the country from Tuesday 28 April.

What’s happening in eastern Porirua?

Starting Tuesday 28 April, Kāinga Ora has reopened our sites at Castor Crescent and Champion Street in eastern Porirua to continue construction activities, including building site preparation, house construction and underground infrastructure works.

What does it mean?

Restarting work on these sites means we can continue our work towards supplying new, warm, dry homes to the community.

It might also mean you notice activities on our sites more than before, especially as many people will still be at home during this time. We will work to minimise disruption as much as possible and thank you for your patience.

Keeping everyone safe

The wellbeing of our people and communities is our priority. All construction and site workers working near your home will be following strict new rules to keep themselves, you, and the community, safe from COVID-19. These rules will comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act and Ministry of Health guidelines. Kāinga Ora has an audit process in place to ensure contractors are following these guidelines.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about the development we are here to help. For health and safety reasons, we ask that you please do not approach workers directly.  

If you have any questions about the Porirua Development, we’re still here to help:

Help for Kāinga Ora tenants

Although Kāinga Ora’s tenancy offices are closed, their teams are still available to help.

You can call the Customer Service Freephone on 0800 801 601 or visit the Contact Us section of Kāinga Ora’s website for more information on how to get in touch.

COVID-19 information

If you want general information on COVID-19 and not medical advice, you can contact the government helpline on 0800 779 997 between 8am to 1am seven days a week or visit

The Ministry of Health’s website also has information in several languages other than English including Te Reo Māori, Fijian, Samoan and Tongan: work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-information-other-languages

You should first call HealthLine on 0800 358 5453, your doctor, or other healthcare provider, if you are feeling unwell and want medical advice. Healthline is currently very busy so please be patient.