Housing in the Bay

TCHT actively provides housing and housing related services in Tauranga and Whakatane.  TCHT’s activity in the region is a direct response to the lack of affordable housing, particularly disadvantaged are individuals and families on low incomes. It is also recognised both the housing supply and affordability varies in all the TCHT service areas.

Housing affordability is a significant challenge facing the Bay of Plenty region. Tauranga has been described as being one of the least affordable cities in New Zealand to live, due to the high housing costs relative to income and relates to both homeownership and rentals.

There has also been much attention over the past 12 months on the increasing levels of homeless people, including ‘working parents’. Certainly TCHT has more homeless people referred than ever before.  This was particularly evident throughout the kiwifruit season.  

The opening of the Tauranga Moana Nightshelter Trust for men in 2014 has somewhat assisted with emergency accommodation for a number of homeless men, however there is still the difficulty finding the men long term tenancies due to the general under supply and unaffordable housing in the city.

The 12th Demographical International Housing Affordability Survey reporting on the 3rd quarter of 2016 stated that Tauranga/Western Bay of Plenty was severely unaffordable with the second highest rating in New Zealand with a median multiple score of 8.1 (measures the ratio of median incomes to median house prices.) Anything over 3 is classified as unaffordable. The only New Zealand city which is less affordable than Tauranga was Auckland with a median multiple score of 9.7.  The national median multiple is 5.1.

In November 2016, the average value of a residential property in Tauranga had climbed to $665,155 up 26.5% in one year according to the New Zealand QV Price House Price Index. Increases were experience across the region – Whakatane up 19%.

The demand for rental housing is far exceeding supply, resulting in rents tracking up and increased pressures on the regions limited social housing stock.

Rents have increased 23.5% over the last five years. The average rise in price nationally for residential properties was 12.6%.
The average rent within each Tauranga suburb have all increased compared to 12 months prior and the average in the last two months based on QV’s Annual rent Analysis for Tauranga. Mt Maunganui has increased 12.5% ($400 to $450 p/w), Tauranga Central/Greerton 7.1% ($350 to $375 p/w), Pyes Pa/Welcome Bay 10% ($410 to $450 p/w), Bethlehem/Otumoetai 10% ($390 to $430 p/w) and Whakatane average medium rent is $310 p/w.

The 2013 Statistics NZ Census identified that of the approximately 45,183 residential properties in Tauranga only 3.9% are one bedroom however 24.3% of the total households are comprised of just one person. Approximately 17% are two bedroom properties with 47.6% being three bedroom properties.  The next NZ Statistics Census is in 2018 and looking at what the data is telling us from the last few years, the information will change significantly since 2013.

It is well known that the number of people over 65 years of age is set to grow significantly in New Zealand; people are living longer and remaining in their homes longer.

Tauranga’s older population remains high, with 2013 census showing 19.3% being over 65 years of age compared to the National average of 14.3%. With a high proportion of the population in the older age group, the impact on housing and health resources is likely to be significant.

TCHT has been operating since 2004 and have added 14 new purpose built one bedroom properties to the portfolio.  However, in reality TCHT’s incremental growth has little impact on the regions server housing shortage.  Larger scale and more aggressive growth programmes are required if the diverse housing needs of the community are to be better met.  We need your help, please support us by clicking on the heart donate symbol on the top the page.  Every little bit counts.

*Statistics NZ housing Affordability
* Bay Of Plenty District Health Board’s Housing and Health Report – 12th Annual Demographical International Housing Affordability Survey: 2016

Trust Profile

There has been a general decline in home ownership - Tauranga is one of the least affordable areas for buying a property in New Zealand. With the average house price being 6.6 times higher than the household's annual income. Alongside this is the lack of affordable rentals in the 1 and 2 bedroom area and the lower end of the housing market.

Whakatane also has the same issues facing our country, a rising elderly population and insufficient and inappropriate housing to meet their needs. 


We have a simple mission: to house people with a disability and those people in need into appropriate and affordable housing, whilst also developing sustainable housing options and lowering the pressures of excess demand.

Check out the video opposite to find out more about what we at TCHT do.

Tauranga Community Housing Trust T/A Tawanui Community Housing


Founded: December 2004

Chairperson: Jo Gravit

General Manager: Jacqui Ferrel


Areas of expertise: 
Housing Facilitation

Providing Housing at a Social Rent


Recent Projects

What We’re Doing

Clarke Street, Gate Pa - 2014
Built 14 new one and two bedroom properties, thanks to a $1.7 million grant from the Social Housing Unit., $500k from TECT and a low interest loan from BayTrust.

Parkvale - 2006
Built 2 brand new purpose built properties, one fully accessible 3 bedroom property and one 4 bedroom property. Both dwellings have operated at 98% occupancy since being completed.

Pyes Pa - 2007
Built 3 brand new  four bedroom fully accessible dwellings.  Targeted towards families and/or young single people who require an accessible property.  the demand for these properties is very high with all properties being at full occupancy since

they were  completed.