Shortage hitting home for Kaiko¯ura
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 email@example.com.
Many Lyell Lane residents have had to evacuate because of major damage to their houses.