Lydia McLean got a full-time job working for the Department of Conservation in Te Anau, but she says the dominance of short-term holiday rentals made it very difficult to find somewhere to live.

Beyond 2025 Southland has launched a community survey aimed at getting a better understanding of the housing needs in the south.

The results will be used to help inform the development of a housing strategy and regional spatial plan, which will guide what sort of housing needs to be provided as Southland grows during the next 30 years.

Chair of Beyond 2025 Southland Housing Advisory Group Steve Parry, in a statement, said the survey was a critical step to developing a coordinated approach to housing across the region.

“Housing is a critical issue for our community and this survey offers a great opportunity to understand what the people who live and work in our region need in terms of where and how they live,’’ he said

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