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Christchurch housing pressure will ease

08:00 AEST Wed Apr 25 2012
A home damaged in last year's quake
A home damaged in last year's quake

Christchurch's housing crisis will soon be relieved by government initiatives, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says.

Rents have soared since the beginning of the year and there have been complaints from residents who lost their homes in the earthquake.

They say the government isn't doing enough and affordable housing is becoming increasingly difficult to find.

Mr Brownlee says there are more than 700 rental properties available in the city but he knows that some people can't find suitable accommodation.

"We're working very hard to alleviate the pressure," he said on Tuesday, listing these key moves:

* Housing NZ has closed a tender to speed up repairs to more than 600 of its quake-damaged properties

* The Earthquake Commission has agreed to pay $21 million to the city council so it can begin repairs to about 280 social housing properties

* The Department of Building and Housing is making good progress establishing a new temporary accommodation village at Rawhiti Domain in New Brighton.