Waimakariri gets say on red zones

03:49, Jul 30 2014

Waimakariri residents are being canvassed on the future of the district's residential red zones.

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has today launched a consultation campaign to find out what people would like to happen to one square kilometre of land in Kaiapoi, Kairaki and Pines Beaches, where 1048 properties have been red-zoned.

"While that might not sound like a terribly large space, it amounts to an area the size of 74 rugby fields plus 1800 tennis courts, with a bit of space left over," Brownlee said.

Waimakariri mayor David Ayers said there was considerable interest in the local community, particularly in the Kaiapoi-Pines-Kairaki area, over the future of the residential red zones.

"We're very excited about the opportunity to create something positive out of an experience which has been so difficult for so many people.

Community meetings will be organised and people can contribute their ideas via the website: www.canvasredzone.org.nz.

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