Social housing register

The Social Housing Register is the number of eligible applicants for social housing properties or transfers between social housing properties at a given point in time. The number of people on the register and their priority rating is subject to change, as people come on and off the register and as their circumstances change.

The Social Housing Register is divided into the Housing Register and the Transfer Register. The Housing Register includes eligible applicants ready to be matched to a suitable property. The Transfer Register is made up of people already in social housing but who have requested and are eligible for a transfer to another property.

The Social Housing Register is also split by Priority A and Priority B applications. Priority A applications include people considered ‘at risk’, and include households with a severe and persistent housing need that must be addressed immediately. Priority B applications include people who have a ‘serious housing need’, and include households with a significant and persistent need.

The Social Housing Register is published on a quarterly basis. Register numbers are reported by register type, priority, region (territorial authority or local board for Auckland), and household demographics.

National summary - 30 June 2016

PriorityHousing RegisterTransfer RegisterTotal
Number%Number%Number%
Priority A 2,482 64.0 655 57.7 3,137 62.6
Priority B 1,395 36.0 480 42.3 1,875 37.4
Total 3,877 100.0 1,135 100.0 5,012 100.0

Social housing register numbers by register

Social housing register numbers by register from June 2014 to June 2016. Click image to enlarge.

Social housing register numbers by household demographics

The main applications for the Social Housing Register for June 2016 were for:

  • single-person applicants, either a single adult with child(ren) (35.3 percent) or a single adult (45.2 percent)
  • applicants in the 25 to 39 year age group (34.4 percent)
  • applicants who self-identified as Māori (42.1 percent)
  • one bedroom houses (41.3 percent).

Download the latest quarterly social housing register information

The below file contains Social Housing Register numbers by register type, priority, region (territorial authority or local board for Auckland), and household demographics.

View the previous quarterly social housing register information

Overview of current demand

The below file includes comprehensive information around current demand for social housing, using data in the Social Housing Register. Providers can access useful information about applicants and their housing needs at the most detailed level possible while still retaining the anonymity of applicants.