First earthquake relief home arrives in Waiau

MOVING DAY: The first of four temporary homes has arrived in Waiau from Rawhiti Domain.

The first of four temporary homes to provide relief for Waiau residents affected by November’s earthquake has made the journey from Christchurch.

It arrived in the small North Canterbury town at 1.30am this morning.

Four temporary houses will be placed on the site on the corner of Leslie and Clarence Sts to provide accommodation for residents while they get repair work to their earthquake-damaged homes.

The houses that will form the Waiau Recovery Village are coming from the temporary village in Rawhiti Domain.

DESTROYED: The earthquake decimated the Waiau School pool. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Waiau was badly hit in the November 14 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

About 26 of its buildings were red stickered, and key community facilities such as Waiau Lodge Hotel, the bowling club, scout den, swimming pool, kindergarten and church were damaged.

The recovery village land had been mowed, four large trees were taken out to let the sun in, and tree stumps were removed.

It is hoped all four of the houses will be moved by next week.

Sixteen other temporary homes have been offered to farmers displaced by the earthquake.

People wanting to use the temporary accommodation can register with or call 0800 779 997.