Almost every Canterbury resident whose property was damaged in the earthquake will be able to rebuild on their land, Earthquake Relief Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
Brownlee shot down suggestions entire suburbs would be demolished and said land that could not be built on was limited to "pockets" in different areas, although he would not say where they were.
People who did not want to rebuild on their land even if it was deemed safe would have to make that decision themselves, he said.
As you can all see, I'm not putting a speck of intelligence into the NZ earthquake anymore. Everybody there has total trust in their government agencies. There was no political pressure here, and everybody can build on muck, er wonderful ground, again!