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Temporary housing for quake affected farms

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/01/2017

Farmers whose homes were badly damaged by the Kaikoura earthquake will be offered transportable homes to allow them to stay on their land.

Twenty transportable homes used after the Christchurch earthquake will be available for properties in the Hurunui, Kaikoura and Marlborough districts, building and construction minister Nick Smith announced on Tuesday.

Dr Smith says the government had been in negotiations to sell the homes, at Rawhiti Domain, to Christchurch City Council when the 7.8 magnitude quake struck on November 14.

Instead the properties will be offered to landowners for $24,510.

Property owners will also be responsible for the cost of relocation, connection of services and obtaining local council consents and with costs varying Dr Smith admitted it was difficult to predict how many would take up the option.

"Our concern is for winter when temporary accommodation options like caravans and campervans are not sustainable," he said.

"We are providing these moveable homes to give farmers an additional choice in how to resolve their own particular situation."

Currently 13 homes are available, with seven more to be offered once the existing tenants homes are repaired.

So far there have been 18 potential beneficiaries from property owners in Hurunui and five each from Kaikoura and Marlborough have registered an interest..

It's not clear though whether it would be "economically viable" for the homes to be transported through Lewis Pass to Marlborough, Dr Smith said.

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