Govt buys motel for emergency housing
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.