About the Temporary Accommodation Villages

To support residential recovery, a total of four temporary accommodation villages were constructed by Government, three on Council owned reserve land (Kaiapoi Domain, Linwood Park and Rawhiti Domain) and one on land (Rangers Park) the Crown acquired from a property developer. 

Due to easing demand for temporary accommodation in Canterbury the three villages on Council reserve land have been repurposed as follows:

  • Kaiapoi Domain Village, (22 houses, throughput 180 households) – closed in April 2016, due to easing demand. The houses have been sold and the Domain remediated and returned to Waimakariri District Council (WDC). 5 houses were sold to the Christchurch Methodist Mission for social housing purposes, 5 were sold to Scenic Hotel for tourism accommodation on the West Coast, and 12 were sold to a commercial buyer. Sales resulted from an MBIE open market Request for Information process that identified reuse purposes.

  • Rawhiti Domain Village, (20 houses, throughput 204 households) – repurposed progressively since January 2017 for Kaikoura EQ temporary accommodation residential recovery activity. Sixteen houses have been sold to rural property owners who work in the primary industry sector, who lost their home or worker accommodation as a result of the 14 November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. The remaining four houses have been sold to Hurunui District Council to establish a temporary accommodation village in Waiau to support residential recovery in the Hurunui region.

  • Linwood Park Village, (42 houses, throughput 568 households) – sold to Christchurch City Council (CCC) on 1 May 2017 to accelerate their social housing repair and redevelopment programme. Remains available for EQ displaced residents needing temporary accommodation, however access is managed through the Otautahi Community Housing Trust ( phone: 0800 624456 ) and not the Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service (CETAS) as had been the case prior to 1 May.

Rangers Park

After the Crown acquired the land it constructed 40 houses on it, to be used in the first instance for temporary accommodation (throughput 215 households), thereafter as affordable housing supply.

Demand for temporary accommodation support has been reducing at a steady rate for the past 36 months, and due to the progress of residential repair and rebuild work over the last two years the availability of private market rentals has increased making it the main supply for temporary accommodation for newly displaced residents.

As a result, MBIE anticipates selling the Rangers Park houses throughout 2017/18, at fair market value, with a preference for sale to social housing providers or KiwiSaver HomeStart grant eligible first home buyers.