A third temporary village will be built in Christchurch to meet the city's shortage of rental properties.
Earthquake recovery minister Gerry Brownlee said 20 two-bedroom units would be built in Rawhiti Domain, New Brighton – and 43 more could be constructed depending on demand.
There are already temporary villages in Linwood Park and Kaiapoi, where 64 families have stayed for an average period of 12 weeks while their homes are repaired.
As the rebuild programme ramps up, demand for short term rentals is rising.
“We’ve been monitoring demand at the villages and the private market, and the time has come to increase supply to reflect where that the repair and rebuild process is at.
“When we planned the first villages we purchased an inventory of similar buildings which could be rapidly relocated onto other areas if demand began to exceed supply.
“The time has come to begin utilising this resource."