Manawatu Standard

Govt buys motel for emergency housing

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The Government has spent $8.1 million to buy a motel in Rotorua for temporary housing. Ka¯inga Ora announced the purchase yesterday, saying the 30 unit property would provide over 80 people with temporary housing. The agency said the site would also offer longer term redevelopm­ent potential for ‘‘new warm, dry and healthy public housing in Rotorua’’. Darren Toy, Ka¯inga Ora regional director Bay of Plenty, said the purchase was good news for those in need of housing. ‘‘Around 80 people and families, will soon have a warm, dry and safe place to stay, including fenced play area and green space, following upgrade work to convert this property. Further down the track we are also looking at redevelopm­ent, for longer term public housing, of this well located site which is close to transport and services.’’ The first people are expected to start moving in from late September/early October.

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