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Policy Briefing

Housing and disaster recovery


Recent disasters in Aotearoa New Zealand have affected residential dwellings to varying degrees. Impacted communities have been permanently displaced, housed in temporary accommodations, and experienced a range of flow-on effects on wellbeing.

This is the second in a series of briefs designed for policy analysts. These briefs bring together research on the most effective actions after a disaster. This brief focusses on housing issues that may arise immediately post-disaster. It encapsulates research from a wide variety of sources, researchers, and organisations, detailing key findings on housing in the first three months post-disaster and providing case studies to illustrate these findings. It also identifies where more research is needed.

Out of scope of this policy brief are: creating housing resilience to protect against future disasters, managed retreat and buy-out schemes, improving building resilience, and housing the response and recovery workforce. A separate brief in this series will address insurance.

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