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Taupo MP Louise Up­ston said in­creas­ing the area’s hous­ing stock was go­ing to take some time but the Gov­ern­ment was work­ing to speed things up.

‘‘While it is re­ally pos­i­tive that more peo­ple are mov­ing to ar­eas such as South Waikato, the in­creased pop­u­la­tion brings with it chal­lenges as well as re­wards,’’ she said.

‘‘That is why I am con­tin­u­ing to work closely with the South Waikato District Coun­cil and other agen­cies to en­sure we have plan­ning in place for the in­fras­truc­ture, trans­port, schools and hous­ing needed to ac­com­mo­date the in­crease in res­i­dents.’’

‘‘One ex­am­ple of this is the Pu­taruru Growth Plan. I have been work­ing with the coun­cil to fa­cil­i­tate its abil­ity to stream­line the process to make land avail­able for new houses sooner through the Re­source Man­age­ment Act,’’ she said.

Molan said the only short term fix was to raise aware­ness.

‘‘We are tak­ing part in the Sal­va­tion Army’s 14 Hours Home­less Ap­peal by do­ing a sleep-out out­side the church on Friday, Oc­to­ber 13 from 5pm.’’

‘‘It’s be­ing or­gan­ised by Deb­bie New­ton and there will be peo­ple sleep­ing in card­board boxes and in their cars just to raise aware­ness,’’ he said.

Do­na­tions can be made into 020464 0146032 00, suf­fix 14HH.

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