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Bennett considers prefabs for homeless

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/06/2016
National MP Paula Bennett during caucas run April 2015.: National MP Paula Bennett. © RNZ / Alexander Robertson National MP Paula Bennett.

The government is considering prefab houses for the homeless but doesn't yet know whether it's a viable option.

They would be similar to the prefabs used in Christchurch for emergency accommodation after the earthquakes.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has confirmed she's looking at the possibility.

"In Auckland I've got 97 per cent occupancy of social housing," she told reporters on Tuesday.

"We've definitely been looking at options including modular housing but I don't have any final advice on whether it's viable."

She said if it was viable, and everything went according to plan, between 130 and 150 could be available by April next year.

Ms Bennett was asked whether they would be used for emergency housing or for people on waiting lists.

"We haven't gone into that," she said.

"It certainly looks faster and cheaper than what has been happening."

Prime Minister John Key, also questioned about prefab housing, said it was "work in progress".

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