Whare tauwhirotanga | Social housing

Looking for an affordable home to rent in Palmerston North? We may be able to help.

Subsidised housing

Council has a number of self-contained flats in convenient locations around Palmerston North and Ashhurst, at subsidised rents.

We're committed to building new social housing.

To be eligible for a Council flat you need to be 65 or over and have a community services card, or over 18 and receiving a Supported Living Payment. Any assets you have must be under $40,000 (excluding a car, household and personal effects, and prepaid funeral arrangements). You also need to have enough support in place to live independently. If this sounds like you, please contact us.

Council rents for superannuitants

  • Large single – $123 a week
  • Couple – $158 a week
  • Small single – $102 a week
  • Bedsit – $97 a week

Council rents for people receiving a Supported Living Payment

  • Single – $82 a week
  • Couple – $114 a week

Unsubsidised housing

We also have some rental accommodation for families or single people on low incomes. To be eligible you need to have a Community Services Card or be an international student family from a developing country, and have assets under $40,000. Rents are set at market rates and reviewed annually. Contact us to get on the waiting list.


All Council flats require a bond of four weeks rent plus the first two weeks rent in advance.

How to apply

The first step is to come in and have a chat with one of our housing team. To make an appointment please email or call 06 356 8199 and ask to speak to one of our housing tenancy officers.