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Retirement HousingNgā whare whakatānga

Council operates retirement housing in our District for those who are retired/pensioners. This page provides key information on the flats, including rent and bond.

Retirement/ Pensioner Housing

Useful Information

Central Hawke's Bay District Council provides 48 one-bedroom retirement units. There are 24 in Waipukurau and 24 in Waipawa which are suitable for singles and couples.

Ruahine Place, Waipukurau

20 flats

Wellington Road, Waipukurau

4 flats 

Kingston Place, Waipawa

24 flats

These homes are well maintained, safe, warm and dry and offered at affordable, below market rents to those in our community with the greatest need.

Each flat consists of a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom/laundry. We provide fixed heating, an oven and carpets but otherwise the property is unfurnished.


How do I apply?

Click the links below to print application forms or call into the Council Offices to collect application forms. 

You can complete a retirement housing application here.


You can complete an Independent Living form here.


Units are tenanted on a first come-first serve basis for those that meet all the eligibility criteria of (NB:this does not affect existing tenants):

1.New tenants minimum age will be the standard eligible age for Super (currently 65+)

2.Be a resident of Central Hawke’s Bay district for at least three years unless there are extenuating circumstances (strong family connections and/or history)

3.Capable of independent living and suitability to live in a close communal environment

4.Have limited financial means as determined by;

       a. Hold a Community Service Card (gross income below $31,568 a year currently)

       b. Asset limit of $33,000 single, $55,000 a couple

Please note: Your requirement for housing must be current at time of application. We do not accept applications based on future possible need. 

Council are responsible for maintaining the building and lawns, tenants are expected to keep the small garden area around the outside in a tidy condition.

Tenants are required to keep the inside of their home reasonably clean and tidy at all times.

Properties are inspected twice a year in April and October.

Parking spaces are provided at each property and there is limited additional space for visitor parking on site

 All our properties will comply with any relevant legislation under the Residential Tenancies Act

Rent is to be paid fortnightly in advance via direct debit from your bank. Rents will be reviewed annually and any rent increase will be notified in advance in accordance with relevant legislation. 

Retirement HousingFee (incl GST)
Note: Fees below are 2023-2024 which are effective 1 July 2023 for new tenancies
Note: Residential rents are GST exempt supplies and therefore do not include GST. Fees for existing tenancies (where tenants have been in occupation for 12 months) are effective from October 1 each year, being not less than 12 months from the previous increase. Retirement housing rentals have been included in the Fees and Charges Schedule purely for review and information purposes. They do not form part of the Special Order Procedures. Rentals are reviewed annually
Wellington Road Waipukurau (per week)
Single Occupancy $234.00 
Married Occupancy $250.00 
Kingston Place Waipawa or Ruahine Place Waipukurau (per week)
Single Occupancy $218.00 
Married Occupancy $234.00 

Council does not pay for services, it is the tenant’s responsibility to arrange and pay for their own; electricity, internet, telephone supply and any care supports or medical alarm services they may need. The tenant is also responsible for contents insurance to cover their own belongings.

Current demand for housing is high, it is likely that a flat will not be available immediately and your name will be placed on a waiting list. 


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