4 Jun 2016

Two temporary housing villages in Chch to stay open

10:57 am on 4 June 2016

Two temporary villages set up to house people after the Christchurch earthquakes are to remain open for a year.

The government established three temporary villages, with 84 homes, in parks in Christchurch and in neighbouring Waimakariri.

The homes were rented to people who had to leave their houses due to earthquake damage or when the properties were repaired.

A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) spokesperson said the Linwood and Rawhiti villages will remain open until June 2017, as long as demand continued.

A decision about the future of the houses wouild be made later this year.

The village in Kaiapoi closed in April this year, and the housing units are in the process of being sold. Twelve have gone to to Laing Properties, five to Scenic Hotel Franz Josef, and the remaining five are under offer by a community housing provider.

The MBIE spokesperson said once the houses were removed the land would be remediated and returned to the Waimakariri District Council, before the end of Spring this year.

Forty permanent houses were built at Rangers Park in Linwood, and were also used for temporary housing over the last three years. Those homes are expected to be sold throughout 2016 and 2017, as demand eases.

The spokesperson said the homes would be repurposed for social housing, first home buyers and affordable housing.