The warm, dry and modern medium-high density housing will offer a mix of public, affordable and supported living homes. They will range in size to meet the needs of a range of people from those on their own, through to large families. There will also be community centres, parks, play areas, gardens and extensive landscaping.
Rolleston will replace 54 old apartments which did not meeting healthy homes standards. All homes will be for public housing and will include 20 Single-Site Supported Housing homes
Alongside these homes we’re also linking with residents, community groups, stakeholders and partners to grow a supported and connected wider community in this part of the city – which has a rich history of providing key worker and social housing for people in central Wellington.
Please note: large and complex projects of this size have many variables, so timeframes could change
|October 2019||Resource consent granted by Wellington City Council|
|July 2020||Site blessing at Rolleston Street|
|August – September 2020||Site preparation|
|September 2020||Construction starts|
|Mid-2023||Completion of homes|
Plans, drawings and resources
News and media
- Resident Notification of roadworks in Hargreaves St, May 2022 [PDF, 132 KB]
- Steel delivery letter, March 2022 [PDF, 786 KB]
- Construction letter, August 2021 [PDF, 725 KB]
- Site work update, June 2021 [PDF, 156 KB]
- Site work update, February 2021 [PDF, 137 KB]
- Site work update, 3 November 2020 [PDF, 432 KB]
- Work soon to start at Rolleston St, 11 August 2020 [PDF, 126 KB]
Plans, consents, reports
- Rolleston Community Site Plan Elevations [PDF, 2.4 MB], November 2021
- Archaeology slides [PPTX, 17 MB] & notes [PDF, 438 KB], Zoom session, May 2020
- Archaeological assessment, May 2019 [PDF, 4.4 MB]
- Resource consent application, October 2018
- Tree planting plan, June 2020 [PDF, 511 KB]
- Public consultation boards, October 2018 [PDF, 2.6 MB]
- Public consultation boards, July 2018 [PDF, 2.5 MB]
Mount Cook Community Reference Group
The community reference group is a forum for community feedback and involvement, alongside updates from Kāinga Ora and its contractors as new homes are built at Rolleston and Arlington. Find more informationon on the Community Reference Group page.
A project manager will be at the Rolleston site from 8.00 -9.00 am, every Monday. If you have any questions or concerns pop along to our site office to have a chat with them.
If you have any questions or want to subscribe to updates, please contact Caroline Speight, Stakeholder Relationship Manager:
- email Mountcook@kaingaora.govt.nz or;
- freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred.
Tell us more about your new homes at your Rolleston site.
We will be building 80 new, warmer, drier homes between Rolleston and Hargreaves Streets. These will replace 54 old apartments that did not meet the healthy homes standards.
This development will be made up of 36 one-bedroom, 29 two-bedroom and 15 studio apartments in a mix of two through to five story buildings. These modern, warm and dry homes will be fully insulated, with carpets, curtains and double-glazing.
There will be shared community spaces, landscaped areas and gardens.
We anticipate Rolleston will be completed by mid-2023.
Who will live in the new homes?
The Rolleston development will bring an additional 80 new, warm, dry, healthy homes to Mt Cook. Of these, 20 homes have been earmarked for Single-Site Supported Housing.
Kāinga Ora will match homes to individuals and families on the Ministry of Social Development’s Housing Register, who have the highest priority for a home of that size and in that location.
The size of the homes means they will be suitable for individuals, couples and small families.
What is supported housing?
Supported housing combines public housing with services that help people live more stable, productive lives. It is developed by packaging housing together with flexible supportive services that are designed to meet each person’s individual needs. These may include, but are not limited to counselling, employment assistance, healthcare, budgeting and skill development that can empower and enable individuals to live stable lives with dignity.
What might supported housing look like at Rolleston?
We have received funding to deliver Single-Site Supported Housing in our Rolleston Development. Single-Site Supported Housing combines permanent housing with on-site support services to support residents 24/7.
The Single-Site Supported Housing model will be tailored to the Rolleston development and is designed to improve the health and well-being outcomes for people. While this model is relatively new to New Zealand, this model is successfully used widely across the world supporting some of the most vulnerable populations.
Later this year the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will begin a procurement process to find a suitable support service provider for our Rolleston site. As soon as the contract has been signed, Kāinga Ora will start to work with the provider to create an operational model that offers tailored support to meet each customer’s needs.
Will Rolleston be considered for ‘wethouse’ accommodation?
The approach used by Kāinga Ora to housing and supporting people with complex needs is aligned to international best practice. Whilst early concepts for the Rolleston development included looking at a variety of options, including a Te Whare Okioki (wethouse), the Housing First model was selected as it has a proven track record overseas, is supported by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and aligns to the strategic approach of key service providers in the Wellington area.
Will Rolleston have 24-hour support available onsite?
There will be 24/7 on-site support for customers. This will include the Ministry of Housing, Urban Development contracted support service and a concierge service to provide community guardianship and welcome visitors and customers into the building.
What will Kāinga Ora do to support their customers?
Kāinga Ora have adopted new approaches to improve our ability to support behaviour change. These include partnerships with justice, social and health agencies, specialised intervention teams, tenant retransfer policies and community based teams. Kāinga Ora also have an intensive tenancy management service, with dedicated and specialist staff who work with other agencies to address issues.
In November 2021, we started to roll out Kāinga Ora’s new Customer Programme. Our Customer Programme significantly increases capacity in our frontline teams, which will reduce the number of homes our people look after. This will mean our most experienced and proven teams can focus on working with a smaller group of tenancies.
With smaller portfolios, Kāinga Ora Housing Support Managers are able to be more visible on site and build better connections with customers and wider community.
Where will the supported housing tenants live in Rolleston?
Our supported housing tenants will be located throughout block D [PDF, 2.4 MB]. This block will also include a communal area for our supported housing tenants.
Are there any other Single-Site Supported Housing developments in New Zealand?
Yes, the Single-Site Supported Housing model is also going to be used within the Kāinga Ora development, Greys Ave in Auckland.
Greys Ave will see 276 new homes created within Central Auckland. 24/7 support services will be available for all public housing customers within the new building as well as for the 50 customers living in an existing building next door. Due to the size of the site, Greys Ave also includes 3,000sqm of shared, communal, commercial and office spaces. This alongside shared amenities have been specifically designed to create a welcoming, supportive, and connected community within an environment that promotes greater health and wellbeing outcomes.
What will Single-Site Supported Housing look like at Rolleston?
As the Rolleston development is significantly smaller than Greys Ave we are currently working to tailor the Single-Site Supported Housing model to ensure it remains fit for purpose for the Rolleston development.
We can confirm, that there will be 24/7 on-site services to support residents including concierge and community guardianship at Rolleston along with tenancy support and facilities management.
Over the coming months we will continue to work alongside our funding provider Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, the Greys Ave team and key delivery agencies to develop an operational model.
Following the completion of Rolleston homes, if I have concerns who can I contact?
We want to be good neighbours, so if you have any concerns about:
- Tenancy matters – please contact Kāinga Ora on 0800 801 601 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Noise – please contact Wellington City Council on 04 499 4444 or email@example.com
- Animal welfare – Please contact Wellington City Council and/or SPCA 04 389 8044
- Safety/illegal activity – please call 111 if a crime is taking place or there is a threat to life/property, or 105 to report a non-emergency.
We will work with each agency and our tenants to help resolve any outstanding concerns.
Page updated: 3 February 2022