Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Government Compensation Offer Amounts to Legalised Fraud

Denis O’Rourke MP
Christchurch Earthquake Issues spokesperson

1 February 2013

Government Compensation Offer Amounts to Legalised Fraud

New Zealand First supports the online petition calling for the Government to stop taking advantage of a natural disaster and give red zoned home owners in Christchurch a fair deal in their fight for home and section compensation.

Currently the Government is offering red-zoners half the rating value of their vacant sections and for the land component of uninsured homes.

Christchurch Earthquake Issues spokesperson Denis O’Rourke says it has always been accepted that if the Government compulsorily seizes land, especially residential land, then it must pay the fair market price.

“It is also a matter of simple fairness that the Government will not take advantage of disaster situations to acquire land at unfair value.

“The Government’s offer of only 50 per cent of the rating value for the section where it has no home built on it or where the home is uninsured, is outrageous, and in the circumstances amounts to a legalised fraud.

“The owners affected could not sell their land except to the Government and could not build a house or live there because services are withdrawn.”

Mr O’Rourke says a red-zoned bare section owner or uninsured home owner would get only 50 per cent for the section while neighbour with an insured home gets 100 per cent.

“That is illogical, inexplicable, and unfair.

“Minister Gerry Brownlee said that the offer was justified because there would have been land damage. This is poppycock. There was land damage for both bare sections and those with homes built on them.”

Mr O’Rourke says that now it’s been revealed that Government officials advised that it is appropriate for all red-zoners to receive full compensation, the Minister must review his decision.

“The Minister dumped good advice and substituted his own guess of 50 per cent of the land value. That is a substantial abuse of power and is unsustainable.

“The land owners concerned would be justified in seeking redress through the Human Rights Commission upon the grounds of unjustifiable discrimination.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news