Housing in Kaikoura

Information about the housing shortage in Kaikōura, work underway and the related support and information services.

The housing and accommodation shortage in Kaikōura District is affected by the earthquake and also seasonal workers returning to our District during summer.

Kaikōura has never has a large amount of spare houses and has a history of slow population growth. So this kind of housing shortage is a relatively new problem for our District.

Although there’s no easy solution, we’re doing what we can to help and make sure we have all the information we need to make the best decisions we can.

 

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 Register with us:

We’re asking anyone with any accommodation needs, permanent or temporary to register with us. Read below to find out what happens when you register.

We don’t have houses to offer but we’ll do what we can to help and by us having an accurate idea of how many people need housing, we can work better on your behalf with Central Government and others to try to find an answer.

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Why is there a housing shortage?

Right now there’s a shortage of housing and accommodation in our District. Some of this is earthquake related, with around 50 properties now uninhabitable.

Kaikōura has never had a large amount of spare houses and has a history of slow population growth, so this kind of housing shortage is a relatively new problem for our District.

Although there’s no easy solution, we’re doing what we can to help and make sure we have all the information we need to make the best decisions we can.

The way we see it, there are five key parts to the accommodation situation:

  • Local residents needing accommodation – some due rebuild/earthquake damage, some due to increased competition for rental accommodation
  • Local business needing accommodation for seasonal (and some permanent) workers
  • Tourists and visitors needing accommodation
  • Road and rebuild workers needing accommodation while they work to get the roads fully reopened and resilient.
  • Returning residents or ‘new locals’ wanting to move to the District

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What’s been done so far:

Download an FAQ about housing here 

Council:

  • Continuing to ask people to register with us, and all the other support services so that we have an accurate idea about what’s going on
  • Meeting regularly with Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment,  Ministry of Social Development, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Internal Affairs, NCTIR and others to coordinate central and local efforts to solve the problem.
  • Reaching out to homeowners who might not live here by letter, through Air BnB and other holiday rental sites to encourage them to rent out their houses if they’re not using them
  • Looking at our rules and regulations to see if there are ways to make things easier for those looking at building/rebuilding
  • Working with MBIE to see if we can build a small number of rentals to help with their temporary accommodation work.

Destination Kaikōura:

  • Encouraging visitors and tourists to consider day trips to help get more people through our businesses without increasing the need for accommodation
  • Working with local accommodation providers and Council on ways to make it easier for our accommodation businesses to work together provide accommodation for tourists and visitors.

NCTIR:

  • Built a village to house 300 workers
  • An accommodation policy that puts locals first – wherever they can they are freeing up houses for local use and housing their workers in either the village or commercial accommodation.

MBIE:

  • Set up the temporary accommodation service
  • Built a Temporary Accommodation Village
  • Employed someone local to help. They’re not a miracle worker but they know our town and they’re here to help.

Other Council work:

We’re also working on several different projects about earthquake affected housing. Each project has a specific purpose and involves a lot of technical work. The table below summarises each project, you can also download a fact sheet here.

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Support services and information

There are four options for housing support in Kaikōura. Each option covers different people and has a different purpose. We know it’s painful to register more than once but it’s important you make sure you’ve covered all your options. Download these as a factsheet.

1. Register with Council

What is it? A five minute registration to help Council get an accurate idea of how many people need housing of any kind in our District. We need the numbers to prove housing help is needed and we get a long term solution sorted. Once you’ve registered, we will look at your information and get in touch if we think we can help. Even if you don’t hear from us, your registration helps us in the long term.

Who’s it for?  Anyone with any accommodation needs, permanent or temporary.

How do you register? Call Arlene on 027 566 3064, visit the team on the first floor of the Civic Building, email arlene@kdc.govt.nz, or online here.

2. Temporary Accommodation Service (MBIE)

What is it? Help finding somewhere temporary to live while repairs or rebuilding on your home or rental is completed.

Who’s it for? This is for renters who are returning to the same house after repairs are complete or owners needing somewhere short term whilst building work is underway. We've got someone local working with MBIE to help as much as they can.

Read more about the Temporary Village here - which includes information on eligibility and cost of staying in the village.

How do you register? Contact MBIE on 0508 754 163 or online here.

3. Ministry of Social Development– Emergency Housing

What is it? Emergency housing for up to 12 weeks while you find longer term accommodation. If there aren’t any places available with emergency housing providers, you may be able to stay in other temporary accommodation such as a hostel or a motel for a few days, until a longer-term option is available.

Who’s it for? People who urgently need somewhere to stay tonight or in the next seven days.

How do you register? Call 0800 559 009 or find out more online here.

4. Housing New Zealand – Social Housing

What is it? Housing provided for people who’ve been looking for a place to live, but haven’t been able to find one that meets their needs.

Who’s it for? NZ citizens who have an income of less than $585.30 a week (after tax) for people who have no partner and no dependent children or less than $900.45 a week (after tax) for people who have a partner and/or dependent children and have less than $42,700 in cash assets.

How do you register? Call 0800 559 009 or online here.

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 Mythbusting and FAQs

Download a Housing Myths and FAQ factsheet here.

It covers tiny houses, high rental prices, and information on NCTIR's village and their responsibilities. 

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Past housing updates

December 8 2017 update: next steps

Housing remains tight throughout Kaikōura with many people in search of a home.  

In early November 2017, Council held a workshop to help connect those who have housing needs with support services as well as answer questions and collect ideas from the community about what could and should be done.  Around 35 people came through, providing us with lots of ideas and feedback. 

If you've got feedback or questions about the housing issue please email it to libby@kaikoura.govt.nz 

What happens now?

Council is working on connecting everyone who’s registered with us with all the help we know about. We’re also:

  • Continuing to ask people to register with us, and all the other support services so that we have an accurate idea about what’s going on.
  • Meeting regularly with Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment,  Ministry of Social Development, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Internal Affairs, NCTIR and others to coordinate central and local efforts to solve the problem. 
  • Reaching out to homeowners who might not live here by letter, through Air BnB and other holiday rental sites to encourage them to rent out their houses if they’re not using them.
  • Looking at our rules and regulations to see if there are ways to make things easier for those looking at building/rebuilding.
  • Working with MBIE to see if we can build a small number of rentals to help with their temporary accommodation work.

October 17 2017 update: drop-in workshop:

We’re holding a workshop to help find creative solutions that work for everybody and to make sure that those in need are getting all the help we can offer. If you need somewhere to live or if you’ve got ideas about what could be done –this is for you.

No one person or organisation has the answers, and there are legal, financial and practical limits to what Councils and Governments can do, but we want to work with you to get the full picture and do what we can.

Chat with some of Council’s Social Recovery team, Building and Regulatory teams as well as MBIE and NCTIR staff about what help is out there, residents rights as renters and ratepayers, the rules and regulations around things like tiny homes or mobile homes and help with other ideas or questions.

When: Monday 6th November 3pm-6pm.

Where: Memorial Hall

Email us for more information.

 

August 7 2017 update: housing projects

We’re working on several different projects about earthquake affected housing. Each project has a specific purpose and involves a lot of technical work.

Depending on how the earthquake affected you and your property you may get a visit or a phone call from us about some or all of these projects. Multiple visits/calls may seem time consuming but they’re the best way for us to be able to help lots of different people with different things at the same time.

Download a factsheet about all the work being done on the housing issue here.

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19 June 2018