Ruling on last eight residential properties

8:44 pm on 31 October 2012

The last eight residential properties in Christchurch to be zoned have been deemed fit to live on.

Wednesday's announcement by Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee marks the end of the zoning process, which means the fate of all 190,000 residential sections in the city has been decided.

Some 7860 are zoned red and have to be abandoned. The remaining green zoned properties can be occupied.

Mr Brownlee said the final eight sections to be zoned, on Lucas Lane in the Port Hills, could be affected by landslips.

Nearly 40,000 cubic metres of unstable land above them will be removed to make the area safe, which is the most cost-effective option, he says.