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About Community Housing Aotearoa

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Community Housing Aotearoa's vision is to make sure every New Zealander is well housed with a warm, safe, dry and affordable place to live.

We are the umbrella organisation for over 100 organisations who are building and managing affordable and social housing for under-served parts of our population. We play an advocacy and stewardship role for the sector, building capacity by promoting best practices, skill development, resources and policy guidelines for our members and other stakeholders.

Ultimately, we want to demonstrate that community housing is a critical element alongside private and government owned housing. No one alone can do it. We need all three housing pillars to achieve our ambition of providing every New Zealander with a home that fits their needs and means, as a basic human right. As a country - this will make us better and stronger.

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is the peak body for New Zealand’s community housing sector

As the national organisation for our nearly 100 members we work to represent their voice, supporting the growth and development of community housing providers to better help them provide affordable and social housing.

CHA members include full members: community groups, housing trusts, Māori and Pacifica housing providers and tenancy services; and partner members: local authorities, private developers and private housing businesses, who are delivering community housing solutions through-out New Zealand. More on membership here.Community Housing-Hands and house.jpg

Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) aims to:

  1. be the voice of the community housing sector
  2. build capacity and foster collaboration
  3. promote best practice in housing policy
  4. champion quality and excellence


CHA have a close relationship with Te Matapihi he Tirohanga mo te Iwi Trust and together work closely supporting Māori and other housing providers across the country.

Read more about CHA in the strategic plan, constitution and 2014/15 annual plan, below.

Strategic Directions for 2013-2016 (PDF 1,208k) CHA Constitution (PDF 323k) 2015/2016 Annual Report (PDF 5,692k)