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Housing Register

The information below shows the number of applicants on the Housing Register as at 31 March 2022. The Housing Register contains applicants not currently in public housing who have been assessed as eligible and who are ready to be matched to a suitable property.

Latest results – March 2022

There were 26,868 applicants on the Housing Register as at 31 March 2022, an increase of 13.4 percent from the same time last year (i.e., 31 March 2021).

The Housing Register since March 2020

Click on the graph to view a larger version that goes back to March 2017.

Click on the graph to view a larger version that goes back to March 2017.

Download the latest numbers for the Housing Register

The following file contains the number of applicants on the Housing Register as at 31 March 2022. The file shows breakdowns by assessed priority, household demographics, and region (Territorial Authority and local board for Auckland).

How we report ethnicity

From December 2021, we have implemented an approach called ‘total response’, which allows us to recognise all aspects of someone’s ethnicity. This will reflect our clients more accurately, align our approach with Statistics NZ’s reporting and reflect best practice.

Ethnicity is about people’s identity and sense of belonging. Ethnicity measures cultural affiliation, rather than race, ancestry, nationality, or citizenship. Ethnicity is self-perceived and people can identify with more than one ethnic group. Previously, we reported ethnicity using an approach called ‘prioritised ethnicity’. Prioritised ethnicity meant that we allocated people to a single ethnic group in an order of priority. The priority used by MSD was Māori, Pacific Peoples, Other and NZ European.

Confidentiality - Random Rounding

From 12 February 2021, MSD started applying a range of new confidentiality procedures to public data releases. These procedures will continue to protect client information while making more data available. To find out how we have changed the way we work with client information, please visit: