Flat Land

Community to have say on red zone’s future

17 April 2014

Prime Minister John Key and the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Hon Gerry Brownlee have announced that a community engagement process will be designed for the public to have a say on the future use of land in the residential red zones.

There will be many opportunities for people and communities to contribute their aspirations and ideas to guide the future use of this land.

Read the media release for more information »

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Details for the offer to eligible property owners in the Port Hills residential red zone are available on the Port Hills crown offer page

Final settlement information

The majority of property owners who accepted an offer by the Crown to purchase their property have settled and moved out of the flat land residential red zone. There were 348 property owners who were given an extension by the CERA Chief Executive, on request and based on individual circumstances, to their settlement date.

The final possible date for settlement for property owners who were granted an extension to their Crown offer in the flat land residential red zone is 31 January 2014. There will be no further extensions after that date.

If property owners are unable to settle with the Crown on the agreed settlement date they will be in default of their obligations under the sale and purchase Agreement. One of the implications of being in default is that the property owner could be charged penalty interest on the purchase price at a rate of 10 per cent per annum, accruing daily from the agreed settlement date until such time as settlement is completed. We suggest property owners seek independent legal advice on the implications of being in default.

For property owners who do not settle on the agreed date but are able to settle within 14 days of this date, no penalty interest will be charged.

All property owners who were granted an extension in July will be contacted and, where appropriate, offered support and assistance to enable them to provide vacant possession on their agreed settlement date. CERA has a property broker available to assist households to secure alternative accommodation if this is required. For more information on this or if you have any questions or concerns regarding settlement, please contact us on 0800 RING CERA (0800 7464 2372).

On settlement the property owner needs to have all arrangements in place to move out of the property by the agreed date including:

  • having alternative accommodation to move to by the settlement date
  • organising assistance to remove all belongings and chattels, and
  • arranging for a final electricity reading and the disconnection of the phone.

Crown offer background information

Information for property owners booklet [PDF 645KB]

This booklet provides information for residential property owners who have accepted the Crown’s offer to purchase their property, to assist them as they prepare to move. It includes:

  • information about the process
  • a moving out checklist
  • frequently asked questions
  • how to access information and assistance

Insured residential properties

Not for profit organisations

Dwellings under construction

Vacant land

Insured commercial/industrial properties

Uninsured commercial/industrial and residential properties

Insured residential leasehold properties – Waimakariri District


Residential red zone settlement process

This video, featuring CERA's Wendy Rabbidge, outlines the residential red zone settlement process.

On the move in the residential red zone

This video features an interview between CERA's Warwick Isaacs and CanCERN's Brian Parker.