Source: New Zealand Labour Party – More angst and anguish for red zone locals

Local residents will be bitterly disappointed by the Government’s cherry picking of the Supreme Court’s decision regarding compensation for red zoned property owners, Labour Canterbury Earthquake Recovery spokesperson and Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson says.

“Home owners have taken all the legal action they can, including going to the Supreme Court.  Minister Gerry Brownlee now wants to subject them to a further court – that of public opinion.

“He could save considerable angst and taxpayers’ money by just making them a fair offer.  He seems to have an allergy to doing the right thing in this situation, preferring to drag the process out for as long as possible.

“He is subjecting locals to indignity and delay and the potential of further litigation. How much taxpayer money has already been spent on this matter?

“A fair offer to these red zoned home owners would allow them to get on with their lives.  Surely that’s not too much to ask four-and-a-half years on from the initial quake.

“Further delay is unwarranted and unfair,” Ruth Dyson says.


Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.