Be aware that you have only until the end of the month to lodge your appeal. It appears appeals must be lodged via the on-line form here. If you have a friend or neighbour without access to a computer please help them.
The review process
Basically the review process allows a property owner to appeal against the decision to designate their land as Red or Green. It does not allow a property owner to appeal their "shade of green" (green/blue, green/yellow, or green/grey).
The fundamentals of the process are:
- were the red/green criteria set out by Cabinet properly applied?
- were the boundary lines sensibly drawn?
Application of the red/green criteria relates especially to the thickness of the surface crust, lateral spread, and the timeliness, uncertainty, disruption arising from repairs to infrastructure and property, health and welfare. You can find this on pages 3 and 4 of CAB Min (11) 24/15 (see above). A definition of the time period considered as creating social disruption is covered at the top of page 6 of Gerry Brownlee's August Cabinet Paper here.
Although a matter of great anxiety, the extent to which land experienced liquefaction is not a criteria.
Sensible boundary lines are significant in some areas where the land changes from red to green at a fence line. I can't find a Cabinet Minute that specifies what this entails, and there is only a passing reference to it in Para 2.17 on page 3 of Cabinet Minute CAB Min (11) 24/15 (referred to above).
An undated Cabinet Paper produced as part of the June land decisions mentions "sensible land decisions" at para 36 on page 7 with a footnote that reads:
This may, for example, be to align Red Zone boundaries with roads in some areas, as the land under roads has already been compacted.The undated cabinet paper is here.
The Minister's media release - an extract: