ALDEN WILLIAMS / STUFF
More than seven years of waiting for compensation finally comes to an end for Christchurch's 103 remaining "Quake Outcasts".
Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods announced that the group of uninsured Christchurch red-zone property owners, who were not paid for their homes during the government buyout of red zone land, would receive payment in the coming weeks. They have previously paid the value of their country.
The issue was previously submitted to the Court of Appeal by a 16-person class action. It was ruled by former earthquake recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee had made an "unlawful" decision to discriminate against the uninsured homeowners. Those in the legal action were paid, but others in the same position were not.
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Those who still have to be paid receive the taxable value of 2007/08 for their uninsured houses. Total costs are expected to be about $ 12 million.
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Woods said that the fate of those who were not insured when the earthquakes struck "was one of the difficult legacies of the earthquakes," and the previous government's offer to do nothing had left many people out of pocket.
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"It's time to solve this time-honored problem and provide assurance to all those involved, so I immediately implement this decision."
Woods said the government had carefully considered a number of different factors in response to the Court of Appeal's judgment in 2017 in the Quake Outcasts process.
"It took some time to make this decision because we wanted to make sure it was the right one, and we had to take into account honesty and consistency, the precedent that this decision could make and the need to be fiscally responsible."
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She said the Crown was willing to buy the remaining properties in the red zone if the owners were interested in selling their property for the estimated value of 2007/08. The offer would be voluntary.