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Please protect our rights to choose where and how to live!
We the people are calling on you, an elected public servant to recognise the encroachment of basic rights of the people in quake-affected Canterbury and take action to reverse the present dangerous course down a slippery slope.
We ask you to do the right thing for the best interest of the country and the people affected. The zoning and buyout offers are creating undue stress and real financial loss more than the earthquakes for thousands of homeowners. No matter how well-intended the current government policies may be, they are flawed and need to be changed.
There is a real danger of setting a precedent for eroding basic rights of all New Zealanders when the times get tough or when natural disaster strikes.
I ask you to consider the following requests and help adopt the measures that will steer the country onto a better course.
- Halt the coercive red zone ‘offers’.
- Modify the buyout offer to a genuinely voluntary one.
- Respect the wishes of those uninterested in moving.
- Grant the wishes of those interested in a buyout, based on scientific findings.
- Guarantee power, water, sewer, and roading availability to all who wish to stay.
- Base buyout offer price on pre-event fair market values.
- Allow interested sellers to seek independent valuation of their homes.
- Only allow a buyout to go ahead when both buyer and seller agree on a fair price.
- Extend buyout offer over several years to alleviate housing shortage.
- Compensate those who sold their homes to the crown at unfairly low prices.
- Fix our broken roads and bridges now.