We own 93 pensioner housing units in seven complexes across Cambridge, Kihikihi and Te Awamutu, which are homes to 107 tenants. The units offer a home for retired people, over the age of 65 who comply with our criteria for subsidised rent.
To qualify, pensioners must:
- Have a genuine need for housing and preference is given to residents of long standing residency in the Waipā District.
- Be within the asset barrier, not exceeding the sum of $20,000 for a single person and $35,000 for a couple.
- All residents must be the age of 65 years or older.
- Pensioner income must not exceed the regular Superannuation (including an accommodation supplement) plus 10 per cent.
- Provide a current letter from their doctor to say they are able to live alone and/or be in receipt of a sickness benefit, war pension or retired person’s pension.
- Bond equivalent to two weeks rent is required.
- Pets are not allowed.
- Gardens immediately around each unit are the responsibility of the tenant, but Council will mow lawns.
The pensioner housing portfolio fulfils a genuine need within the community to provide the elderly with subsidised accommodation.
Pensioner housing in Cambridge
30 x One Bedroom Units – $266 per week for a single person or $285 to $340 per week for a couple, depending on which unit becomes available, due to varying sizes.
11 x One Bedroom Units - $266 per week for a single person or $300 to $340 per week for a couple depending on which unit becomes available, due to varying sizes.
13 x One Bedroom Units - $ 266 per week for a single person or $295 per week for a couple.
12 x One Bedroom Units - $266 per week for a single person or $300 per week for a couple.
3 x Two Bedroom Units - $385 per week for a couple.
Pensioner housing in Kihikihi
13 x One Bedroom Units (12 with carports) - $266 per week for a single person or $280 per week for a couple.
1 x Two Bedroom Unit with garage - $345 per week for a couple.
Pensioner housing in Te Awamutu
Pensioner housing developments
Vaile Court, situated on the corner of Shakespeare and Thompson Streets, in Leamington, will be developed from July 2023 to house ten new one-storey units.
The works will take place in three stages.
Stage one: Tree removal
In July some trees were removed, and the site prepared for further development. The trees are not native species and had been confirmed that they’re not home to any long-tail bats. Landscaping and planting will be done when the units are built.
Stage two: New driveway
The new entrance and driveway construction is underway and is expected to be complete by the end of September. There will be some impacts on the road with limited parking and access from time to time, with some single lane closures on Thompson Street.
Residents and those accessing Leamington Kindergarten will be able to enter the closed areas when it is safe to do so. Please be patient with the traffic management teams on site.
Stage three: Building the new units
We expect construction to start on the new units in November. This work will all be within the property boundaries so there should be minimal disruption. Habitat for Humanity will manage the new units for tenants that are over the age of 60 on behalf of Council, while Council will continue to manage the existing units.
The project is set to be complete by July 2024.
For more information on pensioner housing in Waipā, download our Pensioner Housing Policy 2017 document.
Frequently asked questions
In 2017 Council reviewed its pensioner housing policy and made it clear that it is absolutely committed to providing and growing its housing for the elderly stock, both now and in the future.
The district is experiencing aging population growth which means that demand for affordable housing for the elderly is increasing.
We own this property which already has sixteen pensioner housing units on the site. It’s also a great location being so close to shops, supermarket, Doctors and pharmacy in Leamington.
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand (HfH) is a non-profit organisation that helps people build and improve a place to call home. As a community housing provider, they work alongside the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development to deliver affordable rental options
They will manage the tenants in the new units. These residents will be 60 years old and over. HfH receive a rental allowance from the Ministry for Housing and Development for managing the tenancy agreements with residents. HfH will decide who gets allocated a unit - we will have no say on this. We will continue to manage the existing units.
Funding for the new units was signalled in Council's 2018-28 Long-Term Plan. The project will be funded from housing for the elderly reserves. There will be no impact on rates.