Housing is essential for the wellbeing of people, neighbourhoods and communities.
Yet New Zealand doesn't have enough homes.
Housing is essential for the wellbeing of people, neighbourhoods and communities.
Yet New Zealand doesn't have enough homes.
Take part in the survey

Building new homes isn't the only solution to New Zealand's housing and accommodation crisis.

Census 2018 found that around 95,000 homes were empty nationwide. That's one in every 20 homes. Is there potential, perhaps, for empty homes to be better utilised?

Housing is a complex issue. There can be many reasons why a home is left empty. However, empty home owners may be misunderstood or unfairly judged. It would be helpful to:

  • understand more about empty homes in New Zealand, and
  • identify what potential solutions or support could make a difference to reintroducing empty homes to the housing supply.


This project is not about housing the homeless.
There are other agencies and projects already doing great work in that space.

If you own a property that's empty - either some of the time or all of the time - you’re invited to share your views in a short, anonymous survey.

The Empty Homes feasibility study wants to hear from you. We are working to understand more about the nature of empty homes in New Zealand, and explore whether there are opportunities for empty homes to be a part of the solution to our housing crisis. It would be helpful to understand your situation and perspective.

Take part in the survey

Keen to understand the numbers?

Articles often report about the number of empty homes from the Census,... but are they correct? Take a look at our Numbers page that will help you understand the actual numbers from the Census, and what they mean.

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