Auckland's Te Mātāwai apartments are Government's largest public housing development so far

It's the Government's largest public housing development to date - the Te Mātāwai apartments in central Auckland.

What sets the new complex apart is the 24/7, on-site support available for vulnerable residents.

Three towers, 276 apartments with killer views of Auckland's CBD. Te Mātāwai is the Government's largest public housing development to date. But that's not the only reason this complex is unique.

"Warm, dry, safe homes for people, with 24/7 wraparound services," said Kainga Ora regional director Auckland Central John Tubberty.

"Things such as art therapy, mirimiri, weaving, AOD," added Kāhui Tū Kaha deputy CEO Tipene Lemon.

That's alcohol and drug support provided around the clock free of charge by non-profit Kāhui Tū Kaha.

"It's an opportunity for Maori in particular to be able to discharge manaakitanga," Lemon said.

"There'll be people that might benefit from mental health services, and people that will benefit from skills development, education," Tubberty added.

Some units are tailored to rough sleepers in the central city.

"Some of the really practical feedback we got was things like, 'Please don't give us a three-seater couch because it's harder for me to ask my friends to leave because it's comfortable for them to sleep on'," Jane Jujnovich said.

Jujnoivch is the project director. She took inspiration from similar housing developments overseas.

About 60 percent of the units in this building have features that make them more accessible for people with disabilities - for example, an oven door that opens sideways, and a benchtop that can move up and down depending on the level the user needs. One unit has extra-wide doorways for residents who require a wheelchair.

"We wanted to do some accessible units that are fully furnished for potentially some people who are coming in from the rough sleeping community but do have those additional health needs that an accessible unit fills," Jujnovich said.

A development like this does not come cheap - $140 million taxpayer dollars. And with the social housing waiting list approaching 25,000 the housing crisis is far from over.

"We're excited to get on with the job," Lemon said.

Clearing the waiting list is a massive hole to fill. But every apartment block that goes up gets us closer.