Red-zone residents seek rethink

SARAH ARGYLE
Last updated 05:00 05/09/2012

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Many disgruntled red-zoned residents have signed a petition asking the Government to reconsider its buyout offer.

At a concert held on the two-year anniversary of the first major earthquake to hit Canterbury, residents presented Christchurch East Labour MP Lianne Dalziel with the petition that she will present to Parliament next week.

It has over 200 signatures.

Ernest Tsao, of Quake Outcasts, a group of uninsured red-zone home and landowners left out of the Government's offer, started the petition.

"A lot of us aren't really interested in moving, but if the Government insists on clearing the red zone there must be fair compensation," he said.

Dalziel, who lost her home after the September 2010 quake, understands the struggle many Christchurch residents still face.

"The Government says it's a voluntary offer but it's not really because if you don't accept it, the Government implies you will get a lot less."

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