Quake Outcasts partially successful; CERA and minister have to rethink compensation to uninsured owners

An Appeal Court ruling today may be good news for a Christchurch group of red zoned homowners called Quake Outcasts.

The government offered them only 50% of the 2007 rateable value of their uninsured sections, and they sought judicial review.

High Court Justice Graham Panckhurst earlier ruled that cabinet ministers had determined the level of compensation by executive decree and had therefore acted outside of the purpose of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act, which was to aid recovery in Canterbury. This “demanded societally equitable decision-making,” he ruled.


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