Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Milestone reached with final flat land red zone settlements

Media Release – 31 January 2014

Recovery milestone reached today with final flat land red zone settlements

As the final settlement day is reached for flat land residential red zone property owners, a significant milestone can be marked in the recovery, says the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton.

In total 7,349 properties were zoned red due to the level of land damage caused by the earthquakes.

Since the first red zone areas were announced in 2011, thousands of property owners have accepted the Crown offer and moved out of the worst affected areas to start afresh.

“Today is a day of mixed emotions,” says Mr Sutton.

“Although we will always reflect on what we have lost and how much has changed, the end of the flat land zoning process shows how far we have come. It is heartening to know that so many of the people worst affected by the earthquakes have been able to start over in their new neighbourhoods.”

Around 70 property owners have indicated they are unable to meet the settlement date they originally selected and advised CERA they will not be moving today as planned. As their agreements are legally binding contracts, penalty interest fees are being charged unless extenuating circumstances warrant these fees to be waived.

By the time all flat land settlements are completed nearly $1.5 billion will have been spent by the Crown to purchase the properties.

Mr Sutton reiterated that the cost of maintaining the infrastructure in the Residential Red Zone to homes where owners had not accepted the offer, or did not move today as agreed, is not viable long term.

CERA has been working closely with electricity networks and the Christchurch City Council, to ensure services are disconnected once the Crown takes ownership of a property.

The Council’s City Environment acting general manager Terry Howes says “although the council will continue to provide very basic services to properties where people were living, the cost of providing these temporary services to individual households is about 18 times the usual cost per household for water supply, waste water collection and refuse collection, providing access and dealing with stormwater. In reality this is not sustainable in the long term.”

Roger Sutton says that today’s focus though is on 98% of eligible property owners who decided to accept the Crown offer.

Statistics collected by CERA and CCC with the help of Statistics New Zealand, show most people have chosen to stay in the Christchurch region, often moving just a suburb or two away.

“What we now know for certain, is that the majority of residential Red Zone property owners were able to stay close to their neighbourhoods. Based on Census 2013 information, over half of all movements by people in areas with high earthquake damage were within just four kilometres. This is particularly important for maintaining that sense of community belonging and pride that we as Cantabrians are known for.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On
The Runway Extension’s Latest Court Failure

The Director of Civil Aviation (CAA) has also been ordered told back to the drawing board to properly do the job of evaluating the size of the safety areas required for the extension, in full accord with New Zealand’s international obligations. The pilots union were also compensated by the Court of Appeal judges for their costs in bringing the court action.

Interestingly, the reasoning in the Court of Appeal decision almost exactly mirrored the detailed critique of the original High Court decision made in this Werewolf article last October. More>>

 

Torture: Corrections Breaches UN Convention

The Department of Corrections has breached the Convention against Torture as well as its own legislation, in the way it manages some at-risk prisoners in New Zealand prisons, the Chief Ombudsman says. More>>

ALSO:

District Court Changes In Force: Historic Day For New Zealand Courts

New Zealand District Court judges are ready to play their part in ensuring new governing legislation for the structure of Australasia’s biggest court further enhances the administration of open justice and serves New Zealanders well. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week... Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news