Quake outcasts threaten legal action

Last updated 09:44 15/06/2012

Relevant offers

Christchurch Earthquake 2011

Five questions to mark five years since September 2010 New walking trail through Christchurch's red-zone Christchurch rebuild agencies rate poorly in infrastructure industry survey New Sabin Holloway exhibition captures aftermath of Christchurch earthquake Ann Brower: Fix the parapets first Chemical company lend hand to housing scheme No appeal after Graeme Robinson incompetence claims quashed Brooklands: The town the Government couldn't kill Judge: Cera's slow demolitions not to blame for arsons Aftershock: Fiona Farrell's white-hot response to the Christchurch earthquake

About 300 mostly uninsured Christchurch property owners in the red zone are threatening legal action if the Government does not make an offer on their homes.

Quake Outcasts spokesman David Millar said the group represented people who had been told to get off their property with no Government offer.

"We are very worried and people are very vulnerable. These people have all sorts of reasons for not having insurance," he said.

Since its foundation last August, Quake Outcasts has joined forces with WeCan and other residents' groups from the red zone.

They have organised petitions, written letters and run advertisements calling on help from the Queen.

Millar said if an offer was not made, the group would take things further.

Attitudes towards the uninsured contain an "element of punishment" and a sense that they got what they deserved, he said.

"We understand that people are taking a risk without insurance, but that's different to being told to leave perfectly liveable houses without being offered anything," he said.

Millar said one elderly woman in the group did not have her insurance renewed after 60 years of payments because she was sent the wrong house description.

"It was wrong, so she didn't pay it. Now she has nothing."

Attempts to negotiate with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and Christchurch MPs had failed, Millar said.

The Government's offer to red-zone residents is available only to those with insurance.

Ad Feedback

- The Press

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content