Red zone residents hire lawyers

11:51 am on 17 July 2012

Residents angry with the way the Government is handling the purchase of red zone properties in Christchurch have engaged lawyers to take their case to the High Court.

But the Wider Earthquake Communities Action Network says it would rather meet Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee to discuss the matter.

Spokesperson Brent Cairns says the Government is effectively evicting residents who choose to stay in their homes in the red zone by threatening to stop essential services.

He believes Mr Brownlee has acted outside of the earthquake recovery legislation and the group will seek a judicial review of the process.

But he says the families affected by the red zone buyout want to be involved in any dialogue about their properties and still hope to meet the minister to find solutions.

They will also meet the Human Rights Commission next week to discuss decisions the minister has made.