The Government will be able to provision Airbnbs in the event of a national emergency to accommodate people who have been displaced.

This morning, the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MEDEM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the company.

The agreement was a first of its kind in the Pacific region and only the second national-level partnership behind the United States.

MCDEM director Sarah Stuart-Black said while most people stay with friends and family if they've been displaced during a disaster, not everybody had that option.

"Emergencies such as floods, fires and earthquakes often result in people needing to leave their homes, not knowing when they will be able to return."

She said it was important to ensure everyone had somewhere safe and comfortable to stay during an emergency.

Airbnb signed a similar deal with Auckland Council in 2016.

Today's agreement means people displaced by a disaster would be provided with accommodation free of charge.

Stuart-Black said the agreement would help to supplement existing emergency accommodation arrangements, particularly in large-scale disasters and evacuations.

She said connecting displaced people with willing Airbnb hosts can be quite a tricky exercise but the agreement provides a "simple and effective mechanism to make good use of available properties".