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On 15 May 2023, the price cap thresholds across the country for Kāinga Ora’s First Home Grants (FHG) saw a number of increases.

The rises were not limited to main centres; 37 areas had their price caps for new builds increased including Southland and Central Hawke’s Bay.

Similarly, the KiwiBuild caps were also raised. Notably Queenstown’s threshold increased to $845,000 and Hamilton’s rose to $860,000.

These increases reflect the rapid rise in house prices and land in the last few years which meant that in certain areas the caps were so low that they became almost inaccessible for prospective FHG applicants.

With interest rates still rising, the latest round of price threshold increases should help a wider group of first-home buyers into new or existing homes.

To find the price thresholds for existing homes or new builds in your region, click here. The Kāinga Ora website also has information on eligibility and where the territorial boundaries lie to determine which regions the thresholds apply to. We can help you in determining both your eligibility and how to access the FHG.

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