Waiau recovery village opens to help quake-affected residents

Waiau residents can access temporary accommodation while their homes are being repaired or rebuilt, with Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith officially opening the Waiau recovery village today.

“It’s vital for residents to be able to stay in the local community while their homes are being repaired and the village provides much needed accommodation during the repair or rebuild process,” says Mayor Winton Dalley.

Hurunui District Council has been working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE’s) temporary accommodation service to increase the number of temporary housing options for local residents.

Four houses from Christchurch’s Rawhiti Domain have been relocated to the temporary accommodation village.

MBIE’s temporary accommodation service will manage registrations of interest to stay at the village. They provide recommendations to the HDC who make the final decision regarding tenancy.

One family is already living in the village with other households having expressed interest in temporary housing when their homes are repaired in the future. As demand for temporary accommodation decreases the Hurunui District Council will decide the best use for the houses for the local community.

Mayor Dalley says the opening of the village is a positive step forward in Hurunui’s earthquake recovery process.

“We’re now moving towards the rebuild and repair phase and while there is a long road ahead, the opening of the village means that residents can continue being part of the community throughout this process.

“Waiau residents have been through a lot since the earthquakes and I’d like to thank them for their understanding and apologise for any disruption they may have experienced during the construction of the temporary village.

“I’d also like to thank all of the contractors who worked on the temporary village. They put in long hours to ensure that the village was ready to welcome local residents and we really appreciate their efforts."