Another temporary housing village opens

8:37 am on 9 July 2012

A new temporary village has opened in the east of Christchurch for people with quake-damaged homes.

It's the third of its kind developed by the Department of Building and Housing to meet the growing demand for rental accommodation in Christchurch.

A Trade Me property analysis shows rental demand in the city is up by 47% since last year, causing average rent to rise by about 26%.

Canterbury Temporary Accommodation Service manager Justin Rowlands says 83 temporary houses are now in place in three villages.

He says the latest village consisting of 20 two-bedroom units took 10 weeks to put up on Rawhiti domain at New Brighton and the first residents will move in next week. The rent is $271 per week.