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Elder housing

Council has 246 rental units across nine villages available for elderly residents.

Decision to sell elder housing portfolio in 2018-28 Long Term Plan

In 2018, Council decided to sell its portfolio of elder housing villages to one or more community housing providers. We want to ensure long-term sustainability of the activity and provide the opportunity for portfolio redevelopment and growth to meet both current and future elder housing demand. The welfare of current tenants will be protected through covenants to ensure tenure and rent stability. The mayor and councillors emphasised the welfare of tenants was the number one consideration in the decision to sell. 

More information on the decision to sell the elder housing portfolio

Closing the waiting list

As we move closer to the sale of the villages, we will no longer be accepting any new tenant applications. This is because we will not be requiring the purchaser to place people into units who are on the waiting list. We do not want to accept new applicants knowing that it is unlikely that we will be able to offer them a unit.

Please contact Ministry for Social Development, Accessible Properties, or Tauranga Community Housing Trust for further support in finding suitable accommodation

About the units

All of our units are one bedroom, suitable for singles or couples and are non-smoking.

When you live in an elder housing unit, council will pay the building insurance and water rates and tenants are responsible for contents insurance, telephone and power. We will also maintain the lawn and gardens for the complex, you just need to look after the unit's garden. 

Units come with an oven and floor coverings, but not curtains. Tenants can keep goldfish, budgies and one desexed cat. Dogs are generally not allowed, but management will consider on a case-by-case basis allowing dogs that provide services to people with proven disabilities. We have units available in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga central and Greerton. 


Tenants are required to pay rent two weeks in advance. Work and Income New Zealand may be able to assist with the bond payment. From 1 July 2019 weekly rental for the units is:

Unit type Rent Bond
Single unit from $144 to $167 per week two weeks rent
Double unit from $174 to $193 per week two weeks rent

Tauranga service guide

This guide was written for people living in our elder housing units but might also be useful for other Tauranga people aged 65+.

The PDF brochure provides an overview of some of the services in our community that are not run by Tauranga City Council.

It says who to contact about matters such as transport, emergencies, noise control, health, finance, civil disputes and digital support.

Tauranga service guide (1.53mb pdf)

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