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  • Location:

    Arlington Street, Mount Cook, Wellington, Wellington
  • Land area:

    17,685 sqm
  • Type:

    Apartments and terraced homes
  • Total new homes:

  • Rooms:

    152 one-bedroom, 105 two-bedroom, 34 three-bedroom, 8 four-bedroom, 2 five-bedroom
  • Status:

    A staged completion between 2025-2027

What’s planned

The warm, dry and modern medium-high density housing will offer a mix of public and supported housing 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 spaces, parks, play areas, gardens and extensive landscaping.

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.

  • Total new homes 301
  • Includes 40 supported housing homes
  • All public housing
  • 16 mixed apartment, unit and terrace buildings, from 2-6 storeys high
  • Shared community centre, parks, play areas, community gardens
  • The 1.8 hectare site lies between Arlington, Hopper and Hankey streets and has been leased from Wellington City Council for 125 years
  • Replaces 212 Council homes, including the earthquake-prone George Porter Tower, which were old and didn’t meet healthy homes standards
  • A staged completion between 2025-2027


Please note: large and complex projects of this size have many variables, so timeframes could change

When What's happening
March 2020 Resource consent granted by Wellington City Council
July 2020 - April 2021 Demolition and site clearance
May 2021 - End 2022 On site civil engineering work
Mid 2022 Staged construction starts
Between 2025-2027 Staged completion of homes

Plans, drawings and resources

News and media


Plans, consents, reports


Timelapse - deconstruction and demolition of Arlington buildings, July 2020 – May 2021


Arlington site flyover showing early designs - download video(external link)

Read more about our Mount Cook developments

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.

For more information

See more of what is planned for the Wellington region or if you have any questions contact:.

Upper Hutt, Wairarapa, Johnsonville, Ngaio, Wellington central and Eastern suburbs

  • Contact Caroline Speight, Stakeholder Relationship Manager, by email or freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred.

Lower Hutt including Stokes Valley and Wainuiomata

  • Contact Jo Burleigh, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, by email or freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred.

Kapiti Coast, Porirua, Mount Cook, Newtown, Rolleston and Berhampore

  • Contact Josh Clark, Senior Stakeholder Relationship Manager, by email or freephone 0800 801 601 and ask to be transferred.

Page updated: 23 February 2023