What we do

Under the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2015, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the agency responsible for the coordination of the provision of temporary accommodation for people who have to leave their homes as a result of an emergency. This temporary accommodation function is distinct from ‘shelter’ and ‘emergency accommodation’, which is provided for a short periods of up to two weeks by civil defence and emergency management agencies.

MBIE coordinates this responsibility through the Temporary Accommodation Service, which has supported residents displaced by:

  • the 2018 flooding in the West Coast, Nelson Tasman and Rotorua regions,
  • the 2017 Edgecumbe Flood,
  • the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake, and
  • the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquake.

Wherever possible, TAS uses existing, undamaged residential housing supply as temporary accommodation. However, when there is a shortage of rental accommodation TAS procures and deploys additional housing supply to be used as temporary accommodation to support residential housing recovery.

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