Earlier this week, Christchurch laws restricting residents of Port Hills from their homes in a rock fall zone ended and many citizens are moving back in. The laws were put in place after the 2011 earthquakes when large boulders began falling down the mountainside into residential areas. Although these laws have expired, the Christchurch city council warns residents that the area could still be dangerous.
At the time the laws expired, over 180 buildings were restricted and deemed hazardous. Many owners are choosing to re-enter their homes against the advice of the city countil. Some are building walls or other forms of protection against rock fall.The council urges anyone wishing to move back to consult with them on a proper rock fall protection design.