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Waikato Housing Initiative

The Waikato Housing Initiative is made up of a group of passionate leaders that have a vision to change the current status quo of housing across the region. Supported by the Waikato Plan, this initiative sets out to lead, connect and facilitate the delivery of affordable, quality and accessible homes in the Waikato. 

Housing in Waikato

The Waikato Region is currently 7,500 houses short and we require 50,000 more homes built by 2043 to meet the needs of our changing communities.



  • 23% of homes are damp

  • 18% have mould

  • Only 15% of Waikato families have enough income to afford to buy a home.


Housing is a priority, action is required now to achieve a brighter future.

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Our Vision

Every person and every family in the Waikato region is well-housed* living in sustainable, flourishing and connected communities. 


The purpose of the Waikato Region Housing Initiative Working Group is to help facilitate the development of a region-wide housing stocktake, a framework to assist in developments, and responses required to close the gaps.

*We have included the UN rights to adequate housing entitlements in our definition for ‘well-housed’. ‘Well-housed’ means timely access to habitable, affordable, accessible, culturally appropriate, appropriately located, and with security of tenure housing.

Our Goals

Here’s an overview of some of the key projects we’re working on to meet the needs of our changing population.

1. The Waikato region has a well-functioning housing system

2. Homes in the Waikato are good quality and protect the health and wellbeing of our people

3. Homes meet the diverse needs of Waikato people

4. Our housing system supports sustainable, resilient and connected communities