Housing for older people

Pensioner Housing

Whanganui District Council provides quality housing for older people with low to moderate financial means. 

The Council owns 275 units in 16 separate complexes throughout Whanganui. We have 234 single units (including three for people with significant disabilities who use a wheelchair) and 41 suitable for couples. Each unit has an open-plan living area with a separate bedroom and bathroom / laundry area.

Apply for a housing unit

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for Council housing:

  • You need to be a New Zealand citizen or resident
  • You need to be 65 years or older. If applying as a couple, one person must be 65 or older
  • You must have no criminal convictions
  • You need to be able to live alone and compatibly with others
  • You must not own any residential property
  • Your income must be less than $61,538 per year before tax (single person)
  • Your assets need to be less than $124,379 in value (single person) 
  • If you are applying as a couple, both applicants should have an income of $74,300 or less per year before tax and both applications must have assets less than $124,379 in value

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will need to fill out an application form which can be downloaded below or pick up an application form from 101 Guyton Street or call us on 06 349 0001 and we can post one to you.

Download an application form(PDF, 1MB)


Single    $135.00 per week  
Couple  $174.00 per week

The bond to be paid is four weeks' rental.

General information

All units are supplied with carpets, linoleum, drapes and a stove. The units are maintained by the Council and the grounds are maintained by Council contractors. Tenants are responsible for a small garden in front of their unit.

Tenant Well-being

Age Concern is available to provide specialist advice, support and to facilitate connection to other service providers. This service is free to all tenants.

Quality of life

The occupancy rate for our housing is around 95%.

A 2017 survey indicated 90.5% of tenants were satisfied or very satisfied with their housing. The tenants considered the best aspects of living in the units were the location of the complexes, good neighbours and companionship, good maintenance provided by Council, and the level of independence and privacy provided by the unit.

Other positive comments were that the units were comfortable, compact, sunny and cosy, and located in quiet and peaceful areas. Almost all tenants felt safe and secure in their units.


Enquiries are welcome and can be made directly to council-owned Housing Officer Brenda Hoskins at Whanganui District Council by calling (06) 349 0001 or email

Download our housing brochure(PDF, 2MB)