The Temporary Accommodation Service was activated in response to the Edgecumbe flood on 13 April 2017. Our matching and placement coordinators have been working with affected households to understand their housing needs, identify temporary accommodation options, and provide guidance on how to access support services such as insurance advice and financial assistance.

A number of accommodation options are being used to support households, including:

  • placements in private rentals;
  • portable cabins to place on private properties (where the site permits)
  • portable cabins at the Whakatane Holiday Park; and

partnering with the Pahipoto Māori Committee and Te Puni Kōkiri on the Kokohinau Marae papakāinga project, which will see five two-bedroom homes built and infrastructure support for 41 housing sites. The houses will initially be used as temporary accommodation for households affected by the Edgecumbe floods. When demand eases, the houses will be used for kaumātu housing.

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