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Transfer Register

The information below shows the number of applicants on the Transfer Register as at 30 September 2022. The Transfer Register contains applicants already in public housing who need to be rehoused for reasons such as there being too few or too many bedrooms in their current public house, or for health reasons.

Latest results – September 2022

There were 5,241 applicants on the Transfer Register as at 30 September 2022, an increase of 7.5 percent from this time last year, 30 September 2021.

The Transfer Register since September 2020

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Download the latest numbers for the Transfer Register

The following file contains the number of applicants on the Transfer Register as at 30 September 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 introduced a new reporting approach called ‘total response’. Making this change means we recognise all aspects of someone’s ethnicity and allows us to represent the full diversity of communities, whānau, and people in Aotearoa. This reflects our clients more accurately, aligns our approach with Statistics NZ’s reporting, and reflects 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 previously 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: