The Government has extended the temporary accommodation allowance for quake-affected Christchurch residents until February 2015.
The allowance was introduced in February 2011 for people whose homes were uninhabitable following the September 2010 earthquake, and whose insurance cover for temporary accommodation was about to run out.
The allowance is worth up to $330 a week and is not means tested.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says so far, more than $12 million has been paid out to nearly 1900 families and individuals.
He says the allowance was set to end in 2013 but the February quake in 2011 caused greater damage to peoples' homes, and the scheme was extended.