Green house offered to Southshore red-zoners

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 05:00 22/05/2012

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A Southshore resident left "gutted" after his home was red-zoned has been invited to buy a neighbouring house.

Peter Knight said he was unhappy with last week's Government ruling that turned his orange-zone home in Rocking Horse Rd red.

More than 400 residents in the east Christchurch suburb learnt their fate on Friday.

Of the 401 properties, 198 were zoned red and the other 203 declared technical category 3 (TC3), meaning their land was considered the most badly quake-damaged able to be economically repaired.

Despite the ruling, Knight wants to stay.

"The best option would be to rebuild in Southshore on a green piece of land, but that might not be possible, so the next best thing is finding a green-zone property," he said.

Bev Johnson, who also lives in Rocking Horse Rd, yesterday offered to sell him her house, zoned blue-green.

Johnson had put her house on the market on September 3, 2010, one day before the magnitude-7.1 quake.

She fixed her property, and on February 21, 2011, she had been again ready to sell.

"Then February 22 came along and we were orange-zoned, and I couldn't sell," she said. "I'm perfectly happy with my green-blue zoning.

"If I had been red-zoned ... I would have taken the Government buyout offer and I would have got it over and done with."

The properties around Johnson's house had been red-zoned, and the house would offer a clear view of the Avon-Heathcote Estuary after those houses were demolished.

"I just thought I'd give people who want to stay the first chance to buy [my house] before I put it on the open market," she said.

The Press reported yesterday some red-zoned Southshore residents were considering house swapping with their green-zoned neighbours.

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