DBH response to Canterbury earthquake key stakeholder update 7 July 2011

Issue 30 – August 2011

Update from Katrina Bach, Chief Executive, Department of Building and Housing.

The Department of Building and Housing continues to play an important role in supporting the Canterbury recovery effort, and I want to give you an update of work in progress.

Work continues to supply additional temporary housing for Christchurch residents whose homes have been severely damaged by the quakes. The Kaiapoi Domain temporary accommodation village will be ready for occupancy this week and we expect our first residents to move in from Monday 11 July.

Site works are progressing well on the Linwood Park temporary accommodation village site. Two open home events were held on Sunday 10 and Sunday 17 July, 11am – 3pm at Linwood Park to help inform local and prospective residents about temporary accommodation options.

Site work will not begin on our third confirmed site at Rawhiti Domain until there is more certainty about demand.

Through the Canterbury Earthquake Temporary Accommodation Service (CETAS), a joint venture between the Department and the Ministry of Social Development, we are working with more than 1000 households to assess their housing needs and source the best available accommodation options for them.

Using the private rental market is our first priority and CETAS has helped more than 240 households into accommodation in the private rental market.

The expert panel overseeing the technical investigation into the performance of the CTV, Pyne Gould, Forsyth Barr, and Hotel Grand Chancellor buildings are meeting again today to review findings and begin preparing their report for the Department. The Department expects to provide a detailed report to Building and Construction Minister Maurice Williamson by the end of August.

The Department is currently reviewing and extending the guidance for house repairs and reconstruction work in Canterbury (www.dbh.govt.nz/guidance-on-repairs-after-earthquake). We are also preparing guidance on rebuilding options and engineering guidelines for the repair and rebuild of houses in the green zone. This material is expected to be available soon. Further repair and rebuilding guidance forcommercial buildings will also be released progressively.

Work continues to recruit Licensed Building Practitioners (LBPs) to support the rebuilding of Canterbury. The Department is working with project management offices and suppliers to encourage Canterbury building practitioners to sign up to the scheme. LBP applications for Canterbury building practitioners and those who intend to support the rebuilding programme are being processed within 2 weeks (usually 6 weeks).

We continue to have a strong presence on the ground in Christchurch and we are working collaboratively with Councils, the building/construction and housing sectors and others to support the recovery effort.

I will keep you updated of our progress.

Katrina Bach
Chief Executive
Department of Building and Housing

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