A return to providing full services in Ashburton is a step closer today for the Ministry of Social Development with the arrival of several new modular buildings in the town.
Flowers laid at the scene of the fatal shootings in Ashburton
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The ministry's local office has been shut since a shooting on September 1 claimed the lives of two staff members.
Today seven trucks arrived in town with special purpose built modular units which have been constructed by Cube Innovations in Hamilton. They'll be installed on the Ashburton Police site in Havelock Street.
The ministry is aiming to have Work and Income, Study Link and Senior Services all operating out of the buildings in about a fortnight. Child Youth and Family will move onto the site in February.
Regional commissioner , Annie Aranui, says the ministry is grateful for the assistance from community groups that have helped them deliver support since September.