Zoned RED today.... an outstandingly stupid decision that can only be described as serving the longer term interest of developers. There is NO utility to the community or safety deficit acrue in anyway by asking us to move out.... other than provide an OUT for the insurance company to void its responsibiity to effect repair in accordance with its obligation.
We have no liquifaction. We live on a remnant Wainoni sand dune. The damage is the same as it was post feb 22. We live on the arterial. Services are not broken. This is not an equitable decision. Nor is it justifiable. The value is not in our 'rateable' value, it is in our location. It cannot be reasoned that this locaton is at risk any more than it was before feb 22. So why the revised
'call' that cannot be questioned, especially as we have been advised by several builders that we can be 'rebuilt' with secure foundation.
I sense another "Joe Bennet" moment coming on....
If we move, we will be taking several 100's of thousands of dollars of annual
income to Christchurch with us. (> 800 visitor bed nights on current interest
with growth potential >3-5times this.)
It is not just a question of another 'house' goes west. (and saves AMI a bob or
It goes beyond being reasoned, consulted and rationalised. It is arbitary,
capricious and negligent when human rights along with due process flies out the
window courtesy of Gerry, Bob et al.
The evidentially deminishing earthquake(s) I can stomach. Today's decision to
zone us out I cannot.
Image by Getty Images via @daylife
Never shy for the good fight, let the appeal process begin.....