New temporary homes for quake-hit families

Last updated 05:00 09/07/2012
Rawhiti Domain
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PUBLIC VIEWING: Open day at the Rawhiti Domain for the temporary accommodation village.

Rawhiti Domain
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BIRD'S-EYE VIEW: Henry Beeby-Zeier, 12, kills time while his parents look around the newly opened temporary accommodation village at Christchurch's Rawhiti Domain.

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An open day was held at the New Brighton village yesterday, with two temporary houses open for public viewing.

The village was the third built by the Government in Canterbury since the February 2011 earthquake to provide additional temporary accommodation for people whose damaged homes were being repaired or rebuilt.

The Rawhiti Domain Village has 20 two-bedroom units and the first occupants are expected to move in during the next fortnight.

About 16 Christchurch households have already indicated they would like to move in once the repair schedules for their earthquake-damaged homes have been confirmed.

About 121 families have stayed at existing villages in Kaiapoi and Linwood in the past year.

Families tend to stay at the villages for about 12 weeks on average.

As of June 30, the Linwood village was at 73 per cent capacity, with 30 units being rented, while Kaiapoi was at 95 per cent capacity, with 21 units occupied.

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