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In 2019 Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities was established to bring together the people, capabilities and resources of Housing New Zealand, KiwiBuild and HLC - a company that was founded in 2006 to develop the former Hobsonville airbase into a new township, Hobsonville Point. Kāinga Ora’s Urban Development team is leading a multi-billion dollar urban regeneration programme that will transform suburbs and communities across the country. Our vision is to increase the supply and choice of new, high-quality housing, and to support and strengthen communities as they grow. We achieve this by partnering with industry, the local community, and agencies such as Auckland Council, Auckland Transport and the Ministry of Education.


We’ve built a development model that allows us to deliver large-scale housing projects at an industry-leading pace. The Hobsonville Point project began in 2011 and is on target to deliver 4,500 homes for 11,000 residents by 2024. Northcote Development will deliver 1,500 new homes; Mangere Development, Roskill Development, and the Tāmaki Regeneration around 10,000 each; Oranga Development around 1,100; and Porirua Development around 4,000.
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Getting houses built quickly and well is not enough on its own. Whether we are masterplanning a new community from scratch, as at Hobsonville Point, or building upon an existing community, as at Mangere, Roskill or Northcote, our goal is to create great places to live. That means adding to the urban environment in a way that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable for the people who will make those communities their home – both today and for future generations.
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LEAD Alliance

Formerly known as Piritahi, LEAD Alliance a new civil works alliance, was formed to deliver a $750m programme of work for Kāinga Ora over a five-year period. The goal of the alliance is to streamline land development, free up constraints around building, and ultimately help make housing more affordable. LEAD Alliance's responsibilities are detailed civil design and construction; the removal of old state houses no longer fit for purpose; land remediation; arranging consents related to earthworks and infrastructure; and the construction of roads, parks and utilities.
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Our Projects

Oranga Development

Early planning work is underway for the Oranga Development which will bring new warm, healthy homes to Oranga. Over the next five years, the development will see around 400 old social houses replaced with around 1,200 new homes.


Roskill Development

The Roskill Development will deliver about 10,000 new homes to several neighbourhoods in the greater Roskill area over 10-15 years, expanding the number of social houses and delivering new market and more affordable housing. Development work has begun in the Roskill South and Ōwairaka neighbourhoods, with further neighbourhoods under consideration for the future.


Hobsonville Point

Hobsonville Point in Auckland's Northwest is being developed on the site of a former Air Force base. The township will be completed in 2024, at which point it will be home to 11,000 Aucklanders. Housing is at a higher density than has been normal for a suburban setting in Auckland. The high quality of the homes and amenity has made it an exemplar of integrated residential development in New Zealand.


Northcote Development

Over the next five years, the Northcote Development will bring new homes and amenity to Northcote. Around 300 social houses built in the 1950s and 60s will be replaced by 1,500 warm, healthy homes designed for modern living. Four hundred of those new homes will be retained by Kāinga Ora for families in need. The rest will be offered to first time buyers and to the general market, with a focus on affordability.


Mangere Development

The Mangere Development will deliver around 10,000 new homes to several neighbourhoods in the Mangere area over 15 years. Development work has begun in Mangere West and Aorere, with further neighbourhoods planned for the future.


Tāmaki Regeneration

We’re working alongside Tāmaki Regeneration Company to deliver New Zealand’s largest urban transformation project. The Tāmaki Regeneration will replace around 2,500 ex social houses in the suburbs of Glen Innes, Panmure and Point England to build around 10,500 new homes for Tāmaki tenants and private homeowners.


Porirua Development

Over the next 25 years we will work alongside the community, the Porirua City Council and the local iwi, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, in Eastern Porirua to replace approximately 2,000 social houses with around 4,000 homes and to upgrade infrastructure and amenity. The new housing will include social, market and more affordable homes.


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Our Expertise

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  • Phase 01 Urban Design

    Urban Design

    Over the last decade Kāinga Ora’s Urban Development team has acquired expertise as a lead developer. The team is skilled in masterplanning and investing in infrastructure and community amenity alongside the building of new homes. We’ve learned a lot about building a wider range of homes, and increasing the urban density of a community while ensuring it’s a great place to live and work.
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  • Phase 02 Partnerships


    Beginning with Hobsonville Point, New Zealand’s fastest moving residential development project, our Urban Development team built a development model that allows it to work with key stakeholders including planners, urban designers, iwi, community stakeholders, and developer and builder partners to deliver high quality homes and neighbourhoods at the scale and pace needed to meet New Zealand’s housing needs.
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  • Phase 03 Build


    We work with our developer and builder partners to create innovative approaches to planning, design and construction that will allow us to increase the quality and speed of delivery of new homes and maintain affordability. Examples include the use of prefabrication, modular design and design controls.
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  • Phase 04 Community


    Putting the community at the centre of urban development is essential for the success of our projects. Every development begins with a carefully planned programme of work to seek community input, which guides the design process and lays the foundation for each project. Our Urban Development team do this through a range of initiatives such as community reference groups, design labs, and public information days at purpose-built information centres.
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  • Phase 05 Sustainability


    The Hobsonville Point project has become a benchmark for sustainable urban development in Auckland. It demonstrates that high quality urban design and affordable housing can be compatible with a commercially-driven approach to land and property development. Kāinga Ora is maintaining the same commitment to social, economic and environmental sustainability in its new development projects.
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