Port Hills decision tomorrow

Posted 28 Jun 2012 by MediaStuff
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 More than 1600 owners of white-zoned homes will learn their fate tomorrow.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said today he would announce the zoning decisions for Port Hills land tomorrow.

He said he would brief the media at 11.30am.

Pressure mounting

Pressure had been mounting on Brownlee to meet a much-publicised deadline for deciding the fate of Port Hills houses.

Brownlee and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton had hoped to finalise the zoning of 1679 properties in the white zone by June 30.

Sumner resident Phil Elmey, whose house is also red-stickered because of rockfall risk, said white-zoned homeowners would be ''very upset'' if no decision was made this month.

He thought Brownlee would want to ''get it done''.

''There is an expectation it's going to happen. We have been told up until the beginning of this week pretty much that it was going to happen,'' he said.

''In the last couple of days [authorities] have started perhaps backtracking on that.''

Elmey was nervous about the looming deadline, but expected to be zoned green.

Owners of red-stickered houses would still have to wait for land remediation or rock protection work, he said.

''At least we'll have the clarity that it is going to happen, but we won't have an immediate let-up,'' he said.

''The lobbying will turn from wanting to go green to 'Hey guys, let's get on with it so we can get back into our homes'.'' 

Avoca Valley resident Gary Rochford said he wanted the saga, which has dragged on for more than 580 days, to end this week.

''It's very difficult to concentrate,'' he said.

''My patience, to a degree, is going to run out [tomorrow] if that's the day, and that'll be true for a lot of us. They've got to give us a workable solution.''

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