Quake-damaged Housing NZ homes repaired

10:10 pm on 1 November 2012

Housing New Zealand says it has completed repairs to 212 earthquake-damaged homes in Christchurch within its target of six months.

Housing Minister Phil Heatley says the work was stage one of the corporation's programme to repair or rebuild a significant part of its housing stock in Canterbury.

Mr Heatley says despite many of the homes being severely damaged, the work was finished within the $19 million budget.

He says 105 families have already been placed in refurbished houses across the city. Another 30 families have accepted offers, while a further 38 properties have been matched to prospective tenants.

Housing New Zealand is also building between 200 to 350 new houses on land it owns around Christchurch.

Construction of the first homes is expected to start in mid to late 2013.