The successful Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Programme wound up on June 30, bringing the curtain down on a massive $350 million programme of work.
The work was the New Zealand Government’s biggest investment in social housing in the South Island’s recent history and was formed in 2011 to respond to the mammoth task of repairing 5000 earthquake damaged properties and to build up to 700 new homes.
From July 1 this year, the Christchurch team brought its work into “business as usual’’ within Housing New Zealand’s Asset Development Group.
The locally based team is continuing Housing New Zealand’s ongoing plans to build between 100-150 new homes in the city annually.
While the earthquakes caused significant damage across the region, they also created an opportunity to make significant improvements to our housing stock.
The repairs programme not only saw earthquake repairs being completed but other improvements such as new curtains, carpet, insulation, heating and ventilation made to these properties.
The building programme has also made a significant difference to the quality of social housing with new warm dry homes including all the modern features you’d expect to see in a new house.
Feedback from tenants living in a repaired house or a new home has been very positive.