We provide housing for those over 65 years and with limited means, at an affordable rate.
We own a total of 59 one-bedroom units across our District. They vary in size but on average measure approximately 36 square meters. All units contain a kitchen with a stove, bathroom and living area suitable for a single person or couple.
These are in Te Puke, Katikati and Waihī Beach as follows:
- 34 in Te Puke
- 13 in Katikati
- 12 in Waihī Beach
To be eligible you must be New Zealand residents, 65 or older and/or qualify for Government superannuation.
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their total assets are worth $40,000 or less for a single person, and $50,000 or less for a couple. They must also be able to demonstrate they are able to live independently.
Fortnightly rental for each unit is $396.00 for a single tenant and $516.00 for a couple (effective from 24 October 2023).
If you'd like to apply for a unit, then please complete the Eligibility Criteria Assessment Form for each person who will be staying in a unit.
- Pensioner Housing Tenant Information Booklet.
- Eligibility Criteria Assessment for Elderly Persons Housing (Application Form)
For further information, please contact our Customer Services team by email or on 0800 926 732.
Katikati elder housing redevelopment
Affordable housing for older people is a key area of concern in our District - need is increasing, and supply is very limited. At the moment Katikati’s housing stock of mostly three and four bedroom homes, doesn’t fit the needs of our older population who typically want to downsize.
Providing affordable housing especially for older people often means they can stay in their local community and continue to contribute to the strong social networks and proactive community that makes Katikati so special.
The move to support our elder community by retaining and redeveloping our elder housing was backed by the community (88 percent in support) through the Long Term Plan 2021-31 (page 17)
So, what are we doing?
We're redeveloping the elder housing units on Heron Crescent. Council has endorsed initial plans to develop a total of 26 units at Heron Crescent. Watch the Council meeting livestream.
The 26-unit development will see 15 additional units and the replacement of the 11 existing 40-year-old units that have been removed from the site, providing purpose-built new modern, accessible, and affordable units for Katikati’s elder community.
The development’s design comprises of three two-storey blocks:
- Block 1 – 10 one-bedroom units, with five units on each floor
- Block 2 – 12 one-bedroom units, with six units on each floor
- Block 3 – Four two-bedroom, two-storey town houses.
The project is the second elder housing development in Katikati, with tenants moving into the seven new units built at Beach Road earlier this year.
The project is fully funded through the Better Off Fund and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s Affordable Housing Fund, which will see Council provide a mix of one and two-bedroom units that also cater for those with mobility issues - at no cost to ratepayers.
What's happening on the ground?
The team has ticked off a lot of work this year to get the site build ready. The foundational site works are complete, including the retaining walls and new fencing. The new public path between Heron Crescent and Diggelmann Park is open, and underneath is the new stormwater mains.
Construction is planned to start, in early 2024.