The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) was activated on 22 November 2016 to respond to the Kaikōura earthquake. 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.
Given the spread of affected households across a large geographic area, and both urban and rural households being affected, TAS has responded to the Kaikōura earthquake in a number of ways, including:
- assisting households to access existing undamaged rental houses;
- contracting a Kaikōura-based matching and placement coordinator to link at-need households with temporary accommodation options;
- funding project management support for rural property owners organising their own temporary accommodation solution in Marlborough, Kaikōura, and Hurunui;
- partnering with Hurunui District Council to establish a temporary accommodation village in Waiau comprising of four two-bedroom units; and
- supporting primary industry and rural residential recovery by selling 16 two-bedroom houses from Rawhiti Domain at residual value to farmers whose home or primary worker accommodation was rendered uninhabitable by the earthquake needed to stay on the land to work in either the Marlborough, Kaikōura or Hurunui area.