Temporary accommodation solutions

Types of temporary accommodation

Temporary accommodation used in response to a natural disaster may include undamaged residential housing stock, tourist accommodation, and bespoke solutions for people with unique needs.

Rawhiti units

In early 2017, the temporary accommodation housing stock located at Rawhiti Domain in Christchurch, was made available to rural property owners (as defined by the relevant district plan) who undertake a primary industry activity and whose primary home or worker accommodation has been rendered uninhabitable as a result of the Kaikoura Earthquake.

The Rawhiti Domain units were made available to eligible applicants at residual value - $24,510 per unit. Purchasers also needed to meet the costs of disconnecting, uplifting, transporting, and reinstating the unit from Rawhiti Domain to their property, which could range from $20,000 to over $30,000 depending on the location and site. Purchasers would also be responsible for obtaining the necessary building and resource consents from their local council.

Interest in the units was strong, and the deadline to apply for the sale has now passed.

Accommodation for urban households

TAS is continuing to monitor housing availability in affected areas, and is investigating options if people are unable to source appropriate accommodation in the private market.

Temporary accommodation villages in Christchurch

The Government built 124 units at four temporary accommodation villages to house residents displaced by the 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Since 2011 over 1,100 households have been placed into village accommodation. The villages comprise:

Demand for earthquake related temporary accommodation has been falling from a peak in June 2014 as EQC and private insurer led repairs and rebuilds progress and the housing market recovers. The Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service (CETAS) will continue to work with households who require temporary accommodation, either on the private market or at one of the temporary housing villages.

Further information on these villages is available on the Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service website.

More information

If you need further information, please contact:

Free phone MSD: 0800 779 997 
Email MBIE: temp.accom@mbie.govt.nz