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Displaced couple disputes RV of new home
By GARY MOODY
BEWARE: Neville and Merrilyn Walker outside their new home.
FORMER RED-zoners Neville
and Merrilyn Walker are sound-
ing an alert to Waimakariri home
builders after finding lightning
can strike twice.
The rateable value of their new
Kaiapoi house, constructed after
taking the Government payout for
their red-zoned former property,
is less than the building cost.
Mrs Walker said the couple s
dispute over the valuation, and
their efforts to try to change it,
had shattered their lives and left
them with no savings.
The Walkers lost thousands on
their red-zoned home after finding
the rateable value, which deter-
mined how much they got for it,
was much less than what they
paid for it.
Re-evaluations for the district
will not be out until November so
they are still based on 2008 prices,
even for new properties.
Mrs Walker said if they were
put in the same situation again,
though the prospect may seem
unlikely, they could again be on
the losing end by about $15,000
for their new home, even though it
is brand new.
The couple bought a brand new
Kaiapoi home in October 2009 for
$355,000. When purchased they
did not have a valuation as the
subdivided section was still one
title and valued as such.
After the earthquake they were
initially green zoned as the house
suffered no damage.
When their rates came from the
council it was calculated on a
valuation of $280,000 -- though
Mrs Walker maintained she had
not yet received a formal notifi-
cation from QV, the company con-
tracted by the council to do valua-
tions, when they bought the brand
new home, as they should
Mr Walker said private
valuation was $75,000 more
than the rateable valuation.
Older properties around
them were valued higher
When they were red-zoned
and the Government offer
was based on the rateable
valuation, it became particu-
Mrs Walker said they were
not able to challenge the
valuation because they had
never received it.
However, in meetings with
QV, the couple were told it
had been sent out.
They were determined not
to be put in that position
again in their new house, but
they claim that, again, the
valuation was not sent to
Again, they say they only
discovered the valuation
from the rates.
Again they were told by
QV it had been sent.
One did eventually arrive,
again they disagreed with it,
but the period to contest it is
not until the revaluation in
November, so they have to
sit tight until then.
She said the first valuation, and
the effort to try to change it, had
shattered their lives, and left
them with no savings.
They have moved on and are
settled in their new home, but
now have a mortgage and less
security, whereas before they
QV Christchurch manager,
Brendan Bodger, was reluctant to
discuss individual cases but said
his staff had acted professionally
at all times in their dealings with
the couple and ratings were sent
out for new properties. The RV
was only a rating guide and could
differ from market prices, which
New home in Alabama -- sweet
Teen swimming star wins scholarship to prestigious college
By GARY MOODY
ALABAMA BOUND: Rangiora Swimmer Natasha Lloyd is taking up a scholarship at a United States university.
ONE OF the North Canterbury
Swim Club s brightest stars, is
heading off to the United States to
next year to undertake a scholar-
ship at Auburn University in
title holder Natasha Lloyd, has
been making a splash on the
swimming scene at Rangiora s
Dudley Park Pool.
Natasha will leave in January
for Auburn, which has a strong
tradition in collegiate swimming.
Club coach Brigitte Mahan has
guided Natasha for the past eight
years and said she would be the
second swimmer from the club to
head stateside after George Egles-
field left last year.
Both would be back in club
colours when back in New Zea-
land to try to attain higher
honours, and the move did not
mean they were out of the selec-
tors gaze either.
Ms Mahan said the scholarship
was a fantastic opportunity for
There was a lot of prestige in
going to a strong university, she
The teen was one of the club s
most successful swimmers so she
would be a loss.
The club had already gone
through swings and roun-
dabouts as members moved on
when they got older, but at the
moment there was a strong group
of 16 and 17-year-olds and
another of boys around 13 years
old who were performing well.
Among that up and coming
group was national age group
champion Angus Syme and Oliver
Rayner who was tracking well in
the butterfly .
The Kaiapoi pool was reopening
next month so the club would also
be able to use that and relieve
some of the congestion in Dudley
Pool, she said.
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