The red zone in the hills

Examining the Port Hills red zone

CHARLIE GATES
Last updated 05:00 15/09/2012
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John Kirk-Anderson

DESTRUCTION: Boulders the size of cars fell at nearly 100 kilometres during the February 2011 quake. A Rapaki house in the Port Hills was smashed by a car-sized boulder which fell from the peak above.

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A total of 443 Port Hills homes have now been red zoned by the government because of the risk of rockfall or cliff collapse.

This week, 37 homes were red zoned in the Horotane Valley and on Bridle Path Rd in the Heathcote Valley, with only eight properties on Lucas Lane in Hillsborough remaining white zoned.

As the zoning of the Port Hills nears completion, The Press examines how the Canterbury earthquakes have impacted on the city's hillside suburbs.

The Press has examined how demolition workers will be kept safe in the hillside suburbs, how Christchurch has lost a playground and how tumbling boulders reached speeds of nearly 100 kilometres an hour in the February earthquake.

The Jerard family home in the Port Hills was zoned red this week. Samantha Jerard said the zoning of her Bridle Path Rd home meant they could ''move on''.

''It's the right decision for us. At last we now have the opportunity to move on and move forward after a year and a half in limbo,'' she said.

''However, the thought of the property being disbanded and pulled apart is emotional.''

The Government will now make an offer to buy insured residential properties, insured residential properties with dwellings under construction, and insured non-residential properties owned by not-for-profit organisations.

A final decision has not yet been made on vacant, uninsured or commercial properties in the Port Hills.

The Canterbury Earthquakes Recovery Authority (Cera) is planning a process for Port Hills residents seeking a review of their zoning decision.

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