'Frustrated, tired and over it'

Posted 06 Sep 2011 by MediaStuff Popular
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Marnie Kent is not angry she cannot share in the good news many Port Hills homeowners are celebrating.

The Sumner resident owns one of the more than 3700 properties still in the white zone after nearly 10,000 Christchurch properties turned green yesterday.

She was stressed, but not angry about being forced to wait, she said.

"We're just frustrated, tired and over it. We just want to get back to our normal life," she said.

"We're accepting of it, but it's still frustrating, nonetheless."

Kent was pleased for those in the green zone who had certainty. "They no longer have to sit and wait thinking, `will my house be red-zoned?' It's one thing off their list they can sort out."

The geotechnical engineers were doing "the best they can". "They didn't really emphasise how soon they'd give the big tick because I think they're still concerned themselves.

"If they ticked off a report and said, `that's all safe', a red sticker gets taken off and then we have another good shake, who does the onus go on if something tragic happened?"

Lucy Loughnan, whose Sumner home was green-zoned yesterday, said she was "very pleased". Being in the white zone had caused issues with remortgaging her home.

"I was expecting it because I'm on the flat and my land is undamaged," she said.

"I do feel sorry for those who are still in that white zone because a lot we know are going to stay red."

Lyttelton resident Theresa Gunther, who battled for three months to have a red sticker removed from her home, said it was a relief to go green yesterday.

She had expected to wait several more weeks to hear the verdict. "We were optimistic we were going to green, but always in the back of your mind you have that niggling doubt that possibly somebody feels differently," Gunther said.

A renovation project had been put on hold.

"There's no use sinking money in if it's not going green, so while it was white we were up in the air a bit. That's eight months of sitting around with your hands tied."

Cashmere Residents' Association chairman Terry Young expected the all clear for his area, but the news gave homeowners clarity.

"The only reason we thought it wouldn't go green was if we had landslip issues, which we haven't got, or there's boulders up on the hill that are likely to roll down and squash us, which we haven't got."


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