Temporary Accommodation Service activated for Levin tornado

Published: 02 June 2022

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Temporary Accommodation Service (TAS) has been activated today for the 20 May Levin tornado, and is currently accepting registrations from displaced residents who need assistance finding temporary accommodation.

People affected by the tornado who have a current or expected future need for temporary accommodation, are encouraged to register with TAS now by visiting the TAS website or calling the government help line - 0508 754 163.

Temporary Accommodation Service(external link)

‘TAS staff are in the process of locating safe, secure and accessible temporary accommodation options for displaced people. They are also ensuring these options have the necessary ‘wrap around’ services such as social services, mental health support, childcare and other resources.

“There is no one size fits all solution for people who require temporary accommodation and TAS is looking into a range of options. TAS initially looks to commercial supply to source temporary accommodation for people registered with the service.

“As TAS has only been taking registrations for a short time, it’s too early to talk about the support needed in the community at this stage,” says Julia Shanahan Manager, Response and Recovery.

TAS continues to provide support to households following the August 2021 West Auckland floods, July 2021 West Coast floods, June 2021 Auckland tornado and June 2021 Tairāwhiti floods.

MBIE has a responsibility to co-ordinate temporary accommodation following an emergency, as per the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2015.

National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2015(external link) — New Zealand Legislation