The Herald reports:
Prime Minister John Key says it will be “bleak” for Canterbury residents who chose not to take up the Government’s buy-out offer for land in the red zone.
He said the Government would not support red zone infrastructure – water, sewerage, electricity and roading.
“It will be quite a bleak environment to be living in. But in the end you can’t force people to take the offer, it’s voluntary.”
He said 6500 people have either accepted and settled, or are about to settle. Only 213 have not.
So that is a 97% acceptance rate.
Some Christchurch residents with land in the red zone are calling in the Human Rights Commission.
I really don’t think there is a human right to require me (and other taxpayers) to purchase undeveloped or uninsured land that has been damaged in an earthquake.