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Elderly woman coerced from Red Zone home of 70 years

Elderly woman coerced from Red Zone home of 70 years: watch video of her story

Rev Mike Coleman interviews Jo, a woman in her mid-80s who is so scared she will not show her face to the camera. She is alone, has no family and is in a suburb where houses have been arsoned and burglaries are regularly taking place. She has been told she is in the red zone so must move even though she has been living there for 70 years tending her vegetables and flowers. She wants to stay.

I have a letter stating she is going to have no choice but move out. (See the video near the end.) This is coercion by our Government on a massive scale.

Is this how we as a country want to treat our elderly in the face of a national disaster?

The National Government bailed out South Canterbury Finance by 1.8 billion, bailed our EQC, AMI, yet they will not pay fair compensation for properties on land they do not want to remediate…yet they will own nearly all of it as of today.

Are we losing our soul as a country in decisions like this?

Watch Jo’s story

Elderly person's nightmare in the red zone from Christchurch Voices on Vimeo.


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