Housing: Temporary Accommodation Village

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The Kaikōura Housing Recovery Temporary Accommodation Village was officially opened on Saturday 28 April 2018. It is expected to operate until 30 June 2020. 

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30 April 2018 update

On Saturday 28 April the Temporary Village was officially opened! 

With speeches and a beautiful Māori blessing complete, Mayor Winston Gray and Hon Jenny Salesa cut the ribbon and officially opened the Kaikōura Housing Recovery Temporary Accommodation Village on Beach Road. 

There are 7 self-contained units, each with a deck, fenced outdoor area and driveway. They will service people who need housing due to renovations or rebuilding from the earthquakes. Eligibility criteria and more information about the Temporary Village is below.

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24 April update-Village opening

The Kaikōura Housing Recovery Temporary Accommodation Village will be officially opened Saturday 28 April 12.30pm-2pm (approx). Location: behind 32 Beach Road (adjacent to Top 10 Holiday Park).

This village is a residential housing recovery partnership between central and local government and will provide earthquake affected households a temporary place to stay while their home is repaired or rebuilt for the next two years.

You can see more about eligibility criteria below, or here.

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12 March update

The Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) and Kaikōura District Council (KDC) have partnered to establish a housing recovery temporary accommodation village in Kaikōura. The village is for individuals and households (homeowners and renters) who need a temporary place to stay while their home is repaired or rebuilt. We expect the village to be up and running by 30 April 2018, and operate until 30 June 2020.

Thereafter, the village will be decommissioned or repurposed, depending on housing needs at the time.

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 9 February update

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.

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Eligibility criteria

Applicants are required to provide following information:

  1. Confirmation you are the legal owner (i.e. Rates Notice or Title Certificate) or tenant (i.e. Residential Tenancy Agreement) of your earthquake affected home
  2. Confirmation your home has earthquake related damage and you must vacate it for repair or rebuild work to be completed (i.e. insurance letter)
  3. Confirmation of the provisional start and estimated end date (i.e. builder contract) for repair or rebuild work
  4. A copy of the approved building consent document (if applicable)
  5. Confirmation your dog is registered (if applicable)
  6. Confirmation from your landlord that you are returning to the tenancy after the repairs have been completed (if applicable – upon request we can provide a template letter for this).

How many houses make up the village?

Seven, two-bedroom porta-cabins will make up the village. The cabins are 12m x 3m, are self-contained and include a kitchenette and an ensuite style bathroom. Each unit will have a small deck to extend the living space. Parking will be provided for two vehicles per lot, and each unit will have a small fenced yard, clothesline and letterbox. 

What kind of occupancy agreement is used?

Village tenancies are set up using a standard Residential Tenancy Agreement. Residents (the tenant) and the landlord are required to sign the agreement, and comply with the Residential Tenancies Act. 

How much is village rent per week?

Rent is set at $200 per week however, two units are semi furnished and they are $225 per week. 

Is a bond and rent in advance required?

Yes, two weeks rent for bond and two weeks rent in advance is required, prior to the start of the tenancy. Thereafter, rent is payable each fortnight. 

Is there assistance available to help me pay the bond?

There may be assistance available through Work and Income but it will depend on your circumstances. Please contact Work and Income to discuss this further. 

I am already a tenant – can I have my bond transferred?

Yes, if your landlord agrees, you can fill out a bond transfer form. At the end of your village tenancy, your bond will be transferred back if your rent is up to date, and the unit is left clean and tidy with no damage. 

Can my insurance company pay the rent and bond?

Yes, however each policy is different and you will need to discuss your temporary accommodation cover entitlement with your insurance company. 

Who pays for utility services?

Residents need to arrange and pay for their own utility services (e.g. power, telephone, internet) while living in the village. 

What types of chattels are available in the houses?

Each unit is fitted with a gas hot water system, wall heaters, a fridge, an electric oven, and a hot plate. The bathroom is equipped with a shower, vanity unit and toilet. There are no laundry facilities available. The two semi-furnished units have a queen-size bed, and a trundle or single bed. 

Can people bring their pets?

Yes, for many people pets are part of the family and people will want to bring their pets with them. As a general rule, up to two pets per household is acceptable, however this will be assessed on a case by case basis. Residents need to comply with all Council animal control rules. Dogs must be registered to go to the village. 

Are the houses insulated?

Yes, the houses have been designed to meet New Zealand Building Code standards. The wall, roof and flooring panels are insulated. The windows and door are double glazed. 

Are footpaths and driveways sealed?

The road will be sealed with gravel driveways for parking.

Are the houses fenced?

Yes, each house is fully fenced to accommodate children and pets, and to provide clear demarcation between each property.

Who is providing landlord, property and tenancy management services for the village?

We are in the process of appointing a village operator who will perform the following functions:

  • being first point of contact for tenants
  • sign-up, inspections, vacations
  • rent collection, and bond lodgement and retrieval
  • maintenance and repairs
  • grounds maintenance and site repairs
  • complaints and issue resolution
  • general village information and advice.

Why was this site chosen?

The Beach Road site is owned by KDC, who have agreed to make the land available. The site is cost effective to develop and has reasonable access to sewer, power, storm water and water.

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Useful links:

MBIE Temporary Accommodation

Housing in Kaikōura

Housing FAQ

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Last updated: 30 April 2018