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A third of Port Hills red-zoned houses are still standing

Rebecca Brebner
Port Hills rebuild
Clearance work remains on 200 Crown-owned red-zone properties Flickr

Six years on from the 2011 earthquakes, 200 of the 619 residential red-zoned properties in the Port Hills owned by the Crown are yet to be cleared.

The cost ranges from $11,000 to $300,000, depending on the property. 

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Port Hills Group Manager, Brendan Winder, said the properties all had different degrees of demolition that were yet to be completed.

"Each one has anything from a three-storey house to a garden shed awaiting demolition" Winder said. 

LINZ has $42 million to do the job - approximately $69,000 per property.  It should have all Port Hills demolitions complete by April 2018. 

"Our job is to clear the land and maintain it.  We support engagement with the community about the future regeneration of the residential red zone," Winder said.