Housing in Kaikoura
Information about the housing shortage in Kaikoura, work underway and the related support and information services.
On this page:
- Why is there a housing shortage?
- What's been done so far
- Support services and information
- Drop-in workshop
- Register with us over the phone/in person
- Register with us online
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, some of it is seasonal as workers return for the summer and some of it is because our District population is estimated to be 30% bigger than it was pre-earthquake.
Kaikoura 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.
The way we see it, there are five main 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
- working with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) through their Temporary Accommodation Service
- looking at other ways MBIE might be able to help including looking at building more temporary accommodation in the District (this is still in the early stages).
- encouraging residents to take boarders over the summer to help house some of our local businesses seasonal workers
- marketing seasonal work opportunities to high school students, returning university students and members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association who don’t need local accommodation.
Destination Kaikoura is:
- 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
- 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.
- set up the temporary accommodation service
- employed someone local to help. They’re not a miracle worker with houses in their pockets but they know our town and they’re here to help. If you’ve registered with the Temporary Accommodation Service they’ll be in touch over the next few weeks.
Council Social Recovery Team Support: We’re asking anyone with any accommodation needs, permanent or temporary to register with us. We can also offer advice on support services, dealing with insurers and the local places to check for housing for more information: call Arlene on 027 566 3064, visit the team on the first floor of the Civic Building or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions about tiny houses/mobile homes or other creative building solutions: Anyone who is thinking about putting in a tiny home or other building or structure should get in touch. We think it’s a great idea and are keen to help you make it happen but there are rules and regulations so get in touch and we can help.
- For more information: Call Council on 03-3195026 or email email@example.com and ask for Building and Regulatory (for rules about how to build) or Planning (for rules about what and where you can build).
MBIE’s Temporary Accommodation Service: For people who need somewhere temporary to live while repairs or rebuilding is completed. 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.
- You can: Register or find out more via 0508 754 163 or online here
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
We’re asking anyone with any accommodation needs, permanent or temporary to register with us. 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.
- Register online: click here!
- Register over the phone: 027 566 3064
- Get more information: visit the team on the first floor of the Civic Building or email firstname.lastname@example.org