Re­lo­ca­tion grants taken up

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - MIKE WAT­SON

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.

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