The basis of the whole thing is that residential land has been divided into four zones:
- Red - the land is unsafe and is to be abandoned (5,000+ residential sections)
- Green - the land is safe to live on (although some land repair work may be needed)
- Orange - due to the possibility of damage from the 13 June earthquake, further assessment is required after which the land will be reclassified either Red or Green
- White - either hill suburb land, which will be assessed in spring after winter rains and freezing have identified hidden problems, or non-residential land.
There are two main websites associated with the land package: CERAs, www.cera.govt.nz, and the land status database www.landcheck.org.nz Between them they should provide all the information you need.
- an FAQ covering the process is here.
- to check on the staus of the land for a particular address go to the web page here.
- a map of the city and environs showing the zones is here.
- land payout examples are here.
- The CERA support resource page is here.