Temporary accommodation available for flood-hit Southlanders

An aerial view of the flooded Mataura River and Gore last week. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
An aerial view of the flooded Mataura River and Gore. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Southland residents who had their properties damaged by recent flooding in the region, are now able to access help to find temporary accommodation.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment set up of the Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) which was announced today by Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare.

‘‘TAS is working closely with local authorities in the region to assess the damage and establish how many homes have been affected but it is clear assistance finding temporary accommodation will be required for a number of households,’’ Mr Henare said.

The TAS team would collect registrations from displaced people who required temporary accommodation, assessing what accommodation options were suitable.

Anyone in Southland who was in need now, or in the future, was asked to register their details at www.temporaryaccommodation.mbie.govt.nz or phone 0508 754 163 to discuss their requirements.

“I would also encourage tenants and landlords of rental properties to visit www.tenancy.govt.nz to familiarise themselves with their tenancy rights and obligations following an event like this,’’ he said.

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