Our story

Our vision

Everyone in our community has a home.

Our mission

To increase the supply of quality, affordable, healthy homes and housing services for people/whānau in need, while upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Man putting solar panels on house.


Since 2000, Nelson Tasman has been one of the least affordable housing regions in New Zealand. Increases in rents and home prices here have far surpassed increases in wages and benefits for a long time.

The Nelson Tasman Housing Trust was established in 2004 as a community response to the housing crisis in Nelson and Tasman. We work with the New Zealand Government, local councils, and many other community agencies to improve access to good quality, affordable housing for people on low incomes.

We are a registered Community Housing Provider and a member of Community Housing Aotearoa, the peak body for the community housing sector.


We are governed by a board of trustees made up of community and business leaders from Nelson and Tasman.

What we've achieved

Over the past 15 years the trust has built 49 homes at a cost of $13 million (we lease one other home). During that time we have delivered Crown-funded public housing developments to the value of $6 million, as well as several affordable rental housing schemes. We reinvest any operating surplus to help build more homes.


We currently provide homes for 125 people. Our occupancy rate is consistently over 99% and our tenant turnover is very low - under 10% most years.


Our homes make a huge difference in people's lives, by providing:

  • A warm, dry environment to live in, which improves people's health and well-being.
  • A secure place to live long-term, which gives people stability and peace of mind. It also makes it easier for people to stay in work and school and participate in the local community.
  • Rents that are affordable, which frees up funds to spend on other necessities such as food and clothing.
  • Energy-efficient homes that cost less to heat and cool.

All these benefit the community as a whole too, by reducing respiratory illnesses and demand on health services, supporting workers and increasing community reslilience and cohesion.