Short­age hit­ting home for Kaiko¯ura

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A des­per­ate short­age of hous­ing in Kaiko¯ura has prompted the coun­cil to take ac­tion.

Kaiko¯ura Dis­trict Coun­cil are hold­ing a work­shop next week to help find a so­lu­tion.

The 7.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake left many homes un­able to be lived in and in need of re­pair, while other peo­ple have had to move while re­pairs are be­ing car­ried out.

Lo­cal res­i­dents need­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion are fac­ing ris­ing rents and in­creased com­pe­ti­tion from work­ers on the road. They’re also com­pet­ing with busi­nesses need­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion for their work­ers, as well as ac­com­mo­da­tion de­mands from tourists and vis­i­tors.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive An­gela Oosthuizen said while some of the hous­ing and ac­com­mo­da­tion short­age is earth­quake re­lated, with around 50 prop­er­ties cur­rently un­in­hab­it­able, some of it is be­cause the pop­u­la­tion is es­ti­mated to be 30 per cent big­ger than it was pre-earth­quake.

The re­build has brought in many con­tac­tors, and ex­tra work­ers are needed as lo­cal busi­nesses ex­pand and change. The North Can­ter­bury Trans­port In­fras­truc­ture Re­cov­ery (NCTIR) alone has 1300 peo­ple work­ing on the road and rail project.

The NCTIR tem­po­rary vil­lage on Fyffe Rd is ca­pa­ble of hous­ing 300, and a smaller vil­lage in Clarence has ac­com­mo­da­tion for 50 which leaves a short­fall in hous­ing needs.

‘‘Kaiko¯ura has never had a large amount of spare hous­ing stock and has a his­tory of slow pop­u­la­tion growth so this kind of hous­ing short­age is a rel­a­tively new prob­lem for our dis­trict,’’ said Oosthuizen.

‘‘Coun­cil is do­ing what we can to help and make sure we have all the in­for­ma­tion we need to make the best de­ci­sions we can,’’ she said.

‘‘The coun­cil would like ev­ery­one with any ac­com­mo­da­tion con­cerns, whether per­ma­nent or tem­po­rary, to reg­is­ter their needs with the coun­cil.

‘‘We don’t have houses to of­fer but we’ll do what we can to help and, by us hav­ing an ac­cu­rate idea of how many peo­ple need hous­ing, we can work ef­fec­tively on be­half of our res­i­dents with gov­ern­ment to try to find an an­swer.’’

The coun­cil are hold­ing a dropin work­shop on Novem­ber 6 in the Me­mo­rial Hall to work with the com­mu­nity to find a so­lu­tion and make sure peo­ple are get­ting the help and ad­vice they need.

Kaiko¯ura Dis­trict Coun­cil’s so­cial re­cov­ery team, build­ing and reg­u­la­tory teams as well as the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment (MBIE) and the North Can­ter­bury Trans- port In­fras­truc­ture Re­cov­ery NCTIR will be there to help with ideas and an­swer ques­tions about pos­si­ble so­lu­tions, res­i­dents rights as renters and ratepay­ers, and the rules and reg­u­la­tions around things like tiny homes or mo­bile homes.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the coun­cil work­shop call Ar­lene on 027 566 3064, or visit the re­cov­ery team on the first floor of the Civic Build­ing or email ar­lene@kdc.govt.nz.

PHOTO: ANDY JACK­SON/STUFF

Many Lyell Lane res­i­dents have had to evac­u­ate be­cause of ma­jor dam­age to their houses.

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