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Elder housing

Council has 246 rental units available for elderly residents. To apply for a unit you must be aged 65 or older, qualify for government superannuation and meet the tenant criteria.

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

Council has reaffirmed its decision to sell its portfolio of retirement villages to one or more community housing providers 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 the use of covenants to ensure tenure, rent stability and retention of numbers of units. The mayor and councillors emphasised the welfare of elderly tenants was the number one consideration in the decision to divest. 

More information on the decision to sell the elder housing portfolio

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 $134 to $157 per week two weeks rent
Double unit from $164 to $183 per week two weeks rent

Tenant criteria

If the demand for the units exceeds the number available, priority is given to applicants who are already living, or have family living, in Tauranga or the Western Bay of Plenty. 

Eligibility criteria: 

  • You must be a New Zealand resident aged 65 or older and qualify for a government pension.
  • Your assets can’t exceed $17,500 for a single person and $20,000 for a couple.
  • Tenants can earn up to $90 per week over the pension, this includes income from family trusts - government benefits such as the disability allowance are not exempt from this limit.
  • You need to be able to live independently.
  • You must have a good tenant history and provide two landlord referees.
  • If you are a couple only one person needs to be over 65, as long as all other criteria are met. If the eligible tenant no longer occupies the unit, their partner can continue to live in the unit.

We may request a credit check as part the application process and could decline an application based on tenancy history.

If there are ongoing vacancies, the chief executive can approve tenants over 60 years old who do not meet the age or superannuation criteria.

How to apply

You can apply using the application form below. Application packs are also available from our customer services centre, Housing New Zealand and Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ). 

We will contact you and let you know if your application has been successful or not. If we can’t contact you your application will be cancelled, so please make sure we have up-to-date details.

Elder housing information sheet (65kb pdf)

Application form

Application Online PDF Word
Elder housing application - (79kb pdf) -

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)

Last Reviewed: 30/03/2020


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