Seeking a Home
If you are seeking affordable accommodation to rent or own you are not alone; it is clear from our housing survey that there are large number of people in Golden Bay who are seeking accommodation. You can register your interest here for rental or rent-to-own (see below). For the ownership model please email
There are two potential ways that the project is hoping to assist people:
- Rental: This is Phase 1 and 2 of our project and our main focus.
- Rent-then-own: Due to the requirements of the Charities Commission, we can no longer do this program on family owned land except in exceptional circumstances. In Phase 3 we hope to be able to secure land which we can offer on long-term (99 year) leasehold terms to provide security of land tenancy to allow rent-then-own
The question we are asked most often is 'am I elgible for support on the project'? This document gives details of our criteria.
To start with, there are three overarching considerations:
- Home must be for a permanent primary residence by the applicant;
- Cannot own a home already;
- Must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident; and,
- Must have ties with Golden Bay:
- having resided in Golden Bay continuously for a minimum of two years; or,
- having immediate—and preferably dependent—family who have resided in Golden Bay continuously for a minimum of two years
If the above apply, we then have an 'affordability' criteria. This is because we don't have unlimited funds to build houses, or human resources to meet all of the potential needs for affordable housing in Golden Bay. Depending upon the household wealth/income, the project will assist people into affordable housing in different ways:
- Direct project support in terms of the project assisting with providing participants with affordable housing to rent or rent-to-own will be given to those who are poor, in need, disabled, aged, or suffering genuine hardship. We have set the income limit at 80% of the regional median income. The project will prioritize on those in greatest charitable need from those eligible, where this charitable need is identifed based on the principles defined by the Charities Commission (https://charities.govt.nz/charities-in-new-zealand/legal-decisions/view-the-decisions/view/queenstown-lakes-community-housing-trust-2). We have limited funds and human resources, so these are focused on the neediest.
- Indirect project support will be provided to others eligible for charitiable support. This is done to provide revenue to the project to undertake our charitable activities. See our FAQ section for further details.
To be eligible for 'Direct' support, currently we have adopted the following two thresholds:
- Household Income: Your household annual income must be below the median Tasman household income ($68,078 for 2021; $71,206 from January 2023); and,
- Assets: Total assets, including cash, investments, house and other property (but not including car and furniture) do not exceed $50,000.
With all of the above our primary focus is on those with low incomes and/or in the most vulnerable housing situations. We reserve the right to vary these criteria at any time on a case-by-case basis. We will review and update these at least annually, particularly as we raise more capital which allows us to increase our capacity and the number of homes we can build.
The second question we get is how tenants are identified for homes. The project's approach and expectations/rules for tenants are given in our Operations Manual.
Hosting a Home
We are not at present looking for further hosting opportunities. We have a committed build programme until2024.
If you are a property owner who would like to host a home in the future please register your interest here.
An important caveat: not all offers of hosting will work for us. Tasman District Council has clear zoning criteria for the provision of new dwellings. Our goal is to provide these in appropriate locations where people want to reside. In practice this means near Takaka/Pohara/Collingwood. Even if your property qualifies here, there may be site specific reasons why it is impracticable for us to accept your offer, for example difficult access, terrain, geotechnical, etc.
There are many opportunities to help us in other ways! You can volunteer withthe building, provide logistical and other support. If you would like to help our community please contact