13 March, 2015 - Wellington
The Supreme Court of New Zealand, the highest court of the land, has ruled that the government\'s \"residential red zone\" in post-quake Canterbury was unlawfully established, and, the subsequent buy out offer to some property owners was also unlawful.
The Supreme Court ruled in favour of the Quake Outcast by a majority of 3 to 2. In its judgment the Court rejects the government\'s arguments that they were merely exercising common law powers (or 3rd source of power) in creating the \"residential red zone\" and the buy out offers.
The government was ordered to remake a decision to replace the unlawful ones.