Frequently asked questions: Tāmaki regeneration programme

Who is Tāmaki Regeneration Company?

Tāmaki Regeneration Company (TRC) is leading a first-of-its kind urban regeneration programme across Tāmaki (Glen Innes, Panmure and Point England).

TRC is jointly owned by the New Zealand Government, 59%, and Auckland Council, 41%. The approximately 2800 state houses in Tāmaki were transferred from Housing New Zealand to the NZ Government owned company Tāmaki Regeneration Limited (TRL) on 1 April 2016. TRC’s tenancy arm Tāmaki Housing currently manages all social housing tenancies in the area.

What are the main aims of the Tāmaki Regeneration Programme?

TRC will replace 2500 state houses in Tāmakiwith 10,500 state, affordable and private market houses as part of the regeneration programme. But it’s about more than just building houses. The programme has four equally important objectives – social transformation, economic development, placemaking and housing resources.

How will this directly benefit Tāmaki residents?

The redevelopment will bring challenges, as well as opportunities. We will continue to support residents through this time of change and will work with them to understand their needs, both now and in the future. 

Alongside the community, TRC will deliver quality, well planned neighbourhoods with warmer, healthier homes, including affordable home ownership opportunities for Tāmaki people. The programme will also provide more jobs and help to improve the health and well-being of local people.

How is TRC helping get more people into work?

The Tāmaki Jobs and Skills Hub, which launched in Glen Innes in November 2016, is about connecting locals with jobs, as well as providing training, apprenticeships and mentoring opportunities. Tāmaki Career Start is a work readiness and job matching programme which has been running since 2013. It is designed for 16 to 24 year olds who are not in employment, education or training and have a connection to Tāmaki.

Why is TRC replacing the majority of social houses in Tāmaki?

The regeneration programme is providing a greater range of housing options to meet the growing population in the area. Most state houses in the area are cold, damp houses that are past their use-by-date. We’re replacing them with new warm, dry homes.

How many of the new houses will be state houses?

Approximately 2800 houses will remain as state houses – the same number as there are now. 

Will people who are affected by redevelopment be able to stay in Tāmaki?

We are committed to making sure that people who wish to stay in Tāmaki have the opportunity to do so. Tenants will be able to remain in the new homes as long as they are eligible for state housing.

How does the moving process work for tenants?

Our team starts working with families and individuals about a year before the need to move to ensure they are supported and benefit from the change. We find out what their housing needs are and do our best to place them in a home close to where they currently live, where their children go to school and/or where their social networks are.

How many of the new houses will be affordable homes?

The regeneration programme will deliver a mix of state, affordable and private market houses across Tāmaki.

What is TRC’s definition of affordable housing?

This is defined as households paying no more than 30% of their income on housing. This is based on total income before tax, student loan repayments and KiwiSaver contributions have been deducted.

What are the affordable housing options?

There are two options to help different kinds of households to own their own homes. Market affordable homes are smaller houses on smaller sites that are sold below the Auckland median house price.

Assisted ownership is where a couple or an individual purchases a share of a home (usually 75%). The remainder is owned by TRC and the owner has the option to purchase this over time. Both parties are owners on the property title.

More information on affordable homes in Tāmaki

What plans does TRC have to upgrade current infrastructure?

TRC is working alongside the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board and Auckland Council agencies like Watercare and Auckland Transport to ensure infrastructure keeps up with demand. The joint Infrastructure Framework Funding Agreement covers things like stormwater,wastewater, public transport, roading, walking and cycling, parks and recreation and community facilities.

What is TRC doing to lift education outcomes in Tāmaki?

TRC is working with the Ministry of Education on improving achievement in education and making sure there is sufficient infrastructure to deal with the future population growth in Tāmaki.