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Stickered homes slowly reducing

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Wairoa is making progress with stickered homes and commercial properties slowly reducing or moving down levels.

Since Cyclone Gabrielle, the Wairoa District Council building team has completed 636 building assessments.

Over that timeframe, 29 residential placards have been removed from homes, and 37 placards have been removed from commercial properties.

Currently, Wairoa has 141 residential white-status homes (liveable), 134 residential yellow-status homes (restricted access), and one residential red-status home (not habitable) and one red status outbuilding (garage).

On the commercial front, there are currently 42 white-status properties and 39 yellow-status properties.

Wairoa Recovery manager Benita Tahuri said the goal has always been to get people back into their homes.

“Through silt removal, drying homes, moisture testing and Red Cross funding, we are doing our best to get whānau back into their whare.

“We know it is hard for people to be displaced from their homes or not able to live in their homes fully. We continue leveraging all opportunities to help our whānau return to their homes as soon as possible.

“There are many criteria around getting homes back to a certified liveable standard, and we are here to help. If you need assistance, please email or call into the Wairoa airport lounge from Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm.

10 July 2023

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