If your household was affected by the Kaikoura earthquake, and you need support to find temporary accommodation, we can help.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) are working together to assist displaced people in finding suitable temporary accommodation while your home is being repaired or rebuilt.

There is generally a cost for temporary accommodation. You should first check with your insurance company to see if they are able to assist with this cost. If not, you can contact MSD to see if assistance is available.

Apply for temporary accommodation

Complete our temporary accommodation form and you will then be contacted by a staff member who will assess your needs and work with you to help you find suitable temporary housing.

If you are not able to access the form, you can call 0800 673 227 to discuss your requirements.

Alternatively, if you have a temporary accommodation need you can register in person at MSD - Work and Income Service Centres and Civil Defence - Recovery Assistance Centres in Ward, Kaikoura, Waiau and Cheviot.

Information about applying for assistance

Rawhiti made available to rural property owners

The temporary accommodation units that originally formed the Rawhiti Domain temporary accommodation village in Christchurch will be made available to purchase at residual value to eligible rural property owners. Twenty two-bedroom units will be available in total.

Information about the Rawhiti unit availability

Register your interest by completing our online form or by calling 0800 673 227.

Register your property as temporary accommodation

If you have accommodation in the regions affected by the Kaikoura earthquake which could be used for those requiring temporary accommodation, please register your property as temporary accommodation. A Temporary Accommodation Service staff member will contact you if your property details match with client needs who have registered for temporary accommodation.

Complete our form to list your property

More information

If you need further information, please contact:

Phone: 0800 673 227

Email: temp.accom@mbie.govt.nz

Those affected by the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes should visit the Canterbury earthquake temporary accommodation service website.