Those made homeless by recent earthquakes need relocation, to where land is safe and affordable, promptly.

The seismic record now makes it very clear where the perfect opportunity to satisfy all is readily at hand: beside the beautiful Waimakariri River – that these citizens own, with all the Aotearoa-NZ public – at Eyrewell (map):

14 days of magnitude 2-to-3.8 quakes - Crowe.co.nz 180811

14 days of magnitude 2-to-3.8 quake aftershocks - Crowe.co.nz 180811

Aerial view of under-developed Eyrewell Forest land:

Eyrewell Forest GoogleMap view + Burnt Hill mag 4.3 quake - GNS 130611

Eyrewell Forest GoogleMap view + Burnt Hill mag 4.3 quake - GNS 130611

Eyrewell Forest is Treaty of Waitangi settlement land, with Ngāi Tahu title. Dairy-farm conversion of it is intended, but human resettlement is much more appropriate today. This would serve as both durable adaptation to and mitigation of climate change hazards that strongly pertain in the Pegasus Bay urban area.

Re-purchase of Eyrewell Forest by the civic authorities should immediately be hastened. The price should be fair and uninflated – no more than eight percent per annum over the settlement value. Justice for all.

Kaiapoi and East Christchurch residents, displaced by un/natural disaster, would then have surety for their prospects – guaranteeing new lifeblood for the treasured North Canterbury towns.

This visionary re-settling will keep intact the sound-contour planning – to future-proof the highly-valued Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) 24-hour operation – under the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy. New development around Kaiapoi has been limited by the UDS.

Illustration here – from Regional Policy Statement Proposed Change No. 1 Variations 1-4, Var.1 PART2 Maps – shows how the CIAL sound-contour impinges upon south-west Kaiapoi boundary, but not at all upon Eyrewell:

CRPS UDS Airport Sound-Contour - ECan.govt.nz - Variation1PART1CP1RPSNotified23Aug08Web.pdf

CRPS UDS Airport sound-contour - ECan.govt.nz - Variation1PART1CP1RPSNotified23Aug08Web.pdf

The past year’s worth of small-to-moderate earthquakes in the area of Eyrewell look no worse than this:

1 year of mag 2-4 quakes around Eyrewell window - Crowe.co.nz 190811

1 year of mag 2-4 quakes around Eyrewell window - Crowe.co.nz 190811

The worst Eyrewell-area earthquake of the past year – the Burnt Hill magnitude 4.3 that triggered the Sumner 6.3 of 13 June 2011:

One year of magnitude 4 and upwards earthquakes - Crowe.co.nz 230811

One year of magnitude 4 and upwards earthquakes - Crowe.co.nz 230811

~ Kia Ora

Ref. locality Eyrewell Downs accommodation + Kaiapoi to lose one in 5 homes stuff.co.nz/the-press / Gerry Brownlie comments on Kaiapoi noise control podcast.radionz.co.nz / Net migration continues “outflow of 220 people in July.. follows a steady run of net outflows recorded since March” voxy.co.nz/business 19/08/2011

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