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Christchurch residents look at rebuild options

Thousands of Christchurch people spent today learning about their city’s rebuilding options.
The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) put on the free My Housing Options expo in a bid to help facing some tough choices ahead. With more than 5000 properties that are uninhabitable and tens of thousands more that are in limbo, it is a time when information is at a premium.

“We’ve gone through the quakes so now (we’ve) got (to) try (and) get our house back together,” said homeowner Pat Nolan. “If we can get as much information, my family can move forward and hopefully get some work done on our house.”

CERA chief executive Roger Sutton said the organisation is “just trying to put everything in one place so people can start thinking about the issues and work out what they’re going to do”. There were roughly 70 organisations at today’s expo, ranging from builders, to real estate agents, developers, banks insurers and government agents. Only information and advice was given out, no sales or quotes were allowed.

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