Napier City Council will be leasing council-owned land to temporarily house families impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle.

The land at 21 Domain Rd Westshore will be leased, depending on the outcome of due diligence on the land, to Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust for the next three years.

Mayor Kirsten Wise said it would be an opportunity for council to help whānau who have suffered “unimaginable” devastation and loss.

“The affected whānau at the very least deserve a warm, dry and safe place to live. Leasing this parcel of land will play a small part in affording them that,” Wise said.

“We are pleased to be able to allow use of this to benefit the most in need.”

The parcel of land is zoned residential and is not a reserve, and the accommodation will mostly house families with Category 3 homes.

The decision to lease the council-owned land was made at a Napier City Council meeting and deputy mayor Annette Brosnan wanted to add a condition in the lease for the land to be returned to its prior state and was advised the accommodation would be taken away or removed.

The proposed lease will be for a term of approximately three years.

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