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Quake Outcasts back in court

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 17/07/2016

A file photo Murray, left, and Kelly James look at their destroyed house in central Christchurch, New Zealand, a day after a deadly earthquake. © AP Images A file photo Murray, left, and Kelly James look at their destroyed house in central Christchurch, New Zealand, a day after a deadly earthquake. The legal battle by a group of red-zoned Christchurch land owners to get more money for their land will resume in court this week.

The Quake Outcasts take on the government in the High Court at Christchurch on Monday.

They're challenging the government's offer to purchase the properties at 100 per cent of 2007 rateable value of the land, saying it ignores improvements.

The Outcasts, made up of about 20 owners, last year won a Supreme Court battle which forced the government to revisit its initial offer of 50 per cent of the rateable value.

The court said the government's red-zoning of the land following the deadly 2011 earthquake - which meant it could not be built on - left the owners out of pocket rather than their insurance status.

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