Frequently asked questions about KiwiBuild homes

What is KiwiBuild?

KiwiBuild is a Government initiative to help stimulate the supply of quality, affordable homes for New Zealanders who have been locked out of the housing market.

Find out more about the KiwiBuild scheme(external link)

Am I eligible to buy a KiwiBuild home?

To achieve the objective of putting home ownership within reach of more New Zealanders, there are specific criteria that must be met to be eligible to buy a KiwiBuild home. To be eligible, you must:

  • be a first-time buyer or a ‘second-chancer’
  • have an income of less than $120,000 for a single applicant, or no more than $180,000 for more than one purchaser
  • be a New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident or be a resident visa holder who is ordinarily resident in New Zealand
  • intend to own and live in the home as your principal place of residence for at least three years.

Find out more about KiwiBuild eligibility criteria(external link)

How do I buy a KiwiBuild home?

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in a KiwiBuild home, you need to complete the pre-qualification process and provide documentation to verify your eligibility, including pre-approval of finance.

Once your eligibility has been verified, you’ll be able to enter ballots for KiwiBuild homes that you’d like to buy. If you’re successful in a ballot, you’ll be able to complete the purchse of your new home in the usual way.

What is McLennan?

McLennan is a new community-focussed housing development, expertly master-planned to meet the demand for quality, affordable housing in Auckland’s thriving south-east. When all stages are complete, McLennan will feature over 600 architecturally designed homes that combine sustainable, energy-efficient design with a focus on neighbourhood interaction.

Find out more about McLennan

Where is McLennan located?

McLennan is located within the Auckland metropolitan boundary, where Papakura meets Takanini. On the doorstep of Clevedon and the Hunua Ranges, McLennan is literally where town meets country – and life meets leisure.

How are KiwiBuild homes different to other homes at McLennan?

Every home at McLennan has been architecturally designed and built to a modern standards and specifications. So while they may not include certain features that are standard to other McLennan homes, KiwiBuild homes won’t ‘stand out’ as being of a different standard to other homes in the development.

Can I buy a KiwiBuild home at McLennan as an investment property?

No. To be eligible to buy any KiwiBuild home, in any property development, the buyer must have the intention to own and live in the home as their principal place of residence for at least three years.

Find out more about KiwiBuild conditions of purchase(external link)

Page updated: 29 October 2020