Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Housing NZ to provide temporary accommodation service

Hon Phil Heatley
Minister of Housing
24 February 2011

Housing New Zealand to provide temporary accommodation service to the people of Canterbury

Housing New Zealand will provide a temporary accommodation service to people displaced by Tuesday's earthquake in Canterbury, Housing Minister Phil Heatley said today.

This temporary accommodation service is being provided by Housing New Zealand over and above its normal business as part of the Civil Defence response, now that a National State of Emergency has been declared.

"Housing New Zealand will collate and co-ordinate offers of accommodation from around the country on behalf of the civil defence effort, and work directly with the people of Canterbury to match them to the most appropriate accommodation available for them," Mr Heatley said.

In order to do this quickly we have reutilised the HELP line and website to provide a matching service for those offering and those requiring accommodation.

"If you have accommodation you can offer, or you are looking for help with accommodation following the earthquake, please contact 0800 HELP 00 (0800 435 700) or http://www.housinghelp.govt.nz/ or go to one of the welfare centres that are being established in Christchurch. Housing New Zealand has staff within these centres who are available to help you.

"We have already received some remarkable offers of accommodation assistance from people around New Zealand and overseas. As of this morning, 1184 calls have been made to 0800 HELP 00 since the earthquake, most of them with accommodation offers. Housing New Zealand’s staff have also been putting people up in their own homes," Mr Heatley said.

"We are aware that other agencies and private business are also collating accommodation offers. Housing New Zealand will be contacting these agencies and businesses to collate and co-ordinate the offers they have received on behalf of the civil defence effort. Alternatively, they can contact us through 0800 HELP 00.

"Housing New Zealand will work with the Department of Building and Housing to make the most of work already undertaken following the September earthquake last year to identify available accommodation in the Canterbury area. The Department will continue to work on additional housing supply and accommodation options.

"A database of landlords and accommodation was in development for use in the repair and redevelopment efforts following the September quake. This will be used to good effect now," Mr Heatley said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Govt’s Token Plans For Cyber-Security

Basically, the world is divided into two types of people: those who think the Panama Papers illustrate the bad shit that some people do, and those who think the Panama Papers illustrate what needs to be done to make sure no-one else discovers the shit – good or bad – that they’re doing. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac’s Grudging Concession To Reality

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and publically funded in Australia for the best part of a year? More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Healthy Homes Bill Passes First Reading

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Home, And A Way

The one thing even more popular than an Auckland house is offering advice on how to afford an Auckland house. So, on the grounds it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s out there, here’s my three cents* worth. [*Up 50% since 2013!] More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news