Housing New Zealand has taken on 88 temporary staff in Auckland - most of them in the tenancy services team to help bed in a new IT system.
In 2011 the agency cut up to 100 jobs to streamline its front-line tenancy services.
Some 58 staff have now been hired to help with the IT system and processes for managing tenancies.
A further 23 people have been employed in the asset development team and seven more are working in other areas.
Housing New Zealand said some of them started a few weeks ago, while others started about 18 months ago. Their term of employment ranges from a few weeks to more than a year.
The agency expects staff numbers to drop in the next six months.
Organisational development general manager Philippa Jones said the agency completely changed its IT system and processes last year and the new staff will help through the transition.