Housing: Temporary Accommodation Village to be built

MBIE housing village web

Updated: February 9th 

Read the 12 March 2018 housing update here

MBIE’s Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) expect work to commence on the Kaikōura temporary accommodation village in mid-February. Work will include clearing the land, installing horizontal and vertical infrastructure, installing the road, carparks, erecting boundary fencing and piling, and is expected to take 10-12 weeks.

Seven, single storey, two-bedroom porta-cabins have already been built and will be transported to the site. The cabins are owned by MBIE’s Temporary Accommodation Service and were built for post-disaster accommodation. They are self-contained, with a kitchenette and an ensuite style bathroom. TAS proposes to construct small decks to extend the living space. Parking for two vehicles per lot will be provided.

As the buildings have already been consented and constructed, and will be placed on compacted gravel rafts rather than piles, Council has agreed a building consent isn’t required for this work.

TAS will maintain the units and grounds, and will manage the ongoing allocation of units. A property management service will provide onsite landlord, property and tenancy management services.

There is a cost associated with temporary accommodation. These details are still being finalised but it is likely temporary accommodation tenants will be charged pre-earthquake mean rent, with an adjustment for the size of the units. Some insurance policies cover the cost of temporary accommodation and homeowners are encouraged to check with their insurance provider what their policy covers.

When demand for the Kaikōura temporary accommodation village eases, the portable cabins will be removed and stored for future need, and the site will be remediated. 


Council and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) are working together to build a Temporary Accommodation Village on Beach Road.

The village will be made up of seven self-contained two-bedroom units. It will be built on currently unused Council land along beach road next to the Top 10 Holiday Park (see map below).

The village was given the official go-ahead by the Associate Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Jenny Salesa on Friday 15th December.

Council is now working through the consenting and planning process with the Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) team at MBIE. Construction is expected to start in early 2018 with the village expected to be operational around March 2018. Affected residents will be kept up to date as plans are confirmed.

The Council has worked closely with the Temporary Accommodation Service over the last few months, creating a business case, identifying potential sites and setting up the agreement. The Temporary Accommodation Service will fund the infrastructure, provide the units, and oversee landlord, tenancy and property management. The Council has provided land at Beach Road and is waiving the development’s consenting fees.

This village is an important part of recovery for Kaikōura. Housing is currently very tight and Council is pleased to be working with MBIE to find solutions. The village will provide welcome relief for some households needing somewhere to live while their home is repaired. MBIE’s Temporary Accommodation Service is one of  four options for housing support in Kaikoura.