Port Hills red zone information

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A total of 713 properties have been zoned red.

Properties affected by cliff collapse have been zoned red where they face an immediate risk to life.

Properties affected by rock roll have been zoned red where they face an unacceptable risk to life (greater than 1 in 10,000 at 2016 risk levels), and an area wide engineering solution to remediate them has been determined not to be practicable for a number of reasons including uncertainty around timeliness and costs.

Crown offer to insured residential property owners

Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan released

30 July 2015

The Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan has now been approved and released.

Read the Residential Red Zone Offer Recovery Plan »

Read the media release for more information »

Eligible property owners will receive an offer to purchase their property once they have returned a completed consent form. The offer is similar to the offer available to eligible properties on the flat land areas, with some differences.

The offer is valid until 27 February 2015. The settlement date will be six weeks after the sale and purchase agreement is signed. This will allow for expedited settlement, and has been put in place due to the life risk associated with the Port Hills properties.

This will allow these property owners to have enough time to consider the offer, but for those who make their decision early in the process, it will mean completing the sale much faster. This is not the same as the process outlined for owners in the flat land, but this is necessary given the life risk associated with the Port Hills properties.

  • Insured residential properties
  • Insured residential properties with dwellings under construction.
  • Insured non-residential properties owned by not-for-profit organisations.


Case-by-case settlement extensions

The Chief Executive of CERA may grant short settlement extensions on a case-by-case basis, based on vulnerability and individual circumstances. If you intend to accept the voluntary Crown offer you will still need to submit a signed sale and purchase agreement to CERA by 27 February 2015.

Read more about case by case settlement extensions »


Consent forms

CERA will need your permission for the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and your insurer to share information with us about your property and your insurance before we can prepare a red zone offer.

Once a consent form is completed eligible property owners should expect to receive an offer within two weeks. By signing and returning the consent form you are only giving us the authority to prepare an offer for your consideration. You are not agreeing to accept any offer the Crown makes you in the future.

Download a residential red zone consent form »


Crown offer pack

Once you have completed and returned the consent form, you will receive an offer pack. The pack contains:

  • A personalised letter of offer to purchase your property
  • A booklet of supporting information including an explanation of the two options, advice on how to seek legal and other assistance, and answers to a range of questions about the offer and the sale process.

You can also download these documents:


Related media releases


Video: Port Hills red zone – effects of the earthquakes

To help understand why some of the properties have been zoned red, geotechnical engineer Dr Jan Kupec discusses the effects of the earthquakes.

Part 1

Part 2