Relocation grants taken up
A total of 303 families have been approved for the Governmentsponsored Relocation from Auckland Assistance grant.
And only five of those families changed their minds and returned to New Zealand’s most populated and busiest city.
Of the 303 families who had moved, or were about to move, 74 were destined for the Waikato region, 55 to Northland, 31 to Taranaki, and the remainder spread out across New Zealand.
Two newly arrived New Plymouth families, each from widely different living circumstances, had no regrets leaving Auckland behind.
Beneficiaries Paul and Patricia Robinson-hill were homeless for two years living with friends and family in Mangere, and wanted a roof over their heads.
School teacher Kiel de Buisson and his wife Anngret Sisack, a pyschologist, knew they would never be able to buy a house in Auckland, and went searching for more affordable regions.
The Robinson-hill’s, with their two school age sons, had never been to New Plymouth.
‘‘We didn’t know anyone here, it was like going to another country,’’ Patricia said.
The $5000 relocation grant was used to pay removal expenses, three nights in a motel until they moved into the unit, and daily expenses. Weekly rental of $116 is automatically taken out of the couple’s benefit.