14 May 2015

Council deliberates on bach removal

7:02 pm on 14 May 2015

A Banks Peninsula couple is pleading with the Christchurch City Council not to remove a family bach on contested land.

Alex and Tracey Stewart made submissions to a council meeting this morning over a bach in Port Levy they said had been in the family for 75 years.

The jetty at Port Levy.

The jetty at Port Levy. Photo: Wikicommons

The building could be on a legal road, and local runanga wishing to build on neighbouring land want it removed.

Ms Stewart, whose grandfather bought the bach 75 years ago, pleaded with the council not to take away the family's slice of solitude.

She said it had survived floods, storms, tsunami scares and the 2011 earthquakes.

The Christchurch mayor, Lianne Dalziel, said the council could not make a decision until it gets more information, which the council voted unanimously to do.

A runanga representative said it was not being vindictive, but that it wanted the land returned.

Te Runanga o Koukourarata's deputy chairman, Peter Ramsden, said the runanga was planning to build holiday homes on land neighbouring the bach, and wanted the building removed.

He said it was time the land was returned to its rightful owners.