Update 29 September 2023

First Home Partner is a shared ownership scheme that has helped hundreds of aspiring first-home buyers purchase a home since October 2021.

Due to recent unprecedented demand, this scheme is now fully subscribed and therefore we will not be accepting any new applications while we work through our commitments to those already in the scheme. We will shortly be contacting current applicants to confirm the status of their application.

Please refer to our other home ownership products to help you on your home ownership journey.

Applying for pre-approval will confirm that you meet the First Home Partner eligibility criteria and get an estimate of what Kāinga Ora’s contribution to a home purchase may be. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and subject to demand and available funding.

Applying for pre-approval

1. Check you are eligible

If you haven't already, check to see if you meet the eligible criteria

2. Gather your documents

You will need electronic copies (for example, PDFs) of all of these documents to submit as part of your online application.

3. Submit your application

  • create a Kāinga Ora account in the First Home Partner Portal
  • complete your account profile
  • upload your supporting certified eligibility documents
  • submit your application

You will receive an automated email acknowledging your application. You will need to allow up to 5 working days for your application to be processed - if we need more information from you, we will contact you within that time to request it.

Contact us

If you have questions before you apply, or need help with your application, you can:

Page updated: 27 September 2023