Rest home prom­ise

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Sum­mer­set Re­tire­ment Vil­lages, has as­sured res­i­dents at Aotea rest home they will be paid the to­tal mar­ket value of their homes, should they be de­stroyed or con­demned due to nat­u­ral disas­ter.

The an­nounce­ment came in the wake of the Can­ter­bury earth­quake, leav­ing res­i­dents of Kate Shep­pard Re­tire­ment Vil­lage in Christchurch home­less and with no claim on the in­surance for their for­mer homes.

Sum­mer­set chief ex­ec­u­tive No­rah Bar­low said Sum­mer­set was con­cerned by the plight of the Kate Shep­pard res­i­dents and im­me­di­ately un­der­took a full re­view of its own pol­icy.

‘‘We have taken lead­er­ship on this be­cause we need to en­sure a fair so­lu­tion for res­i­dents in the event of a nat­u­ral disas­ter. In the first in­stance, all af­fected Sum­mer­set res­i­dents will be pro­vided with ac­com­mo­da­tion at our cost.

‘‘We will then do our best to re­build as close to the orig­i­nal site as pos­si­ble. If this isn’t pos­si­ble we will pay res­i­dents the to­tal mar­ket value of their homes at that time.’’

Ms Bar­low said Kate Shep­pard res­i­dents are only en­ti­tled to re­ceive a pay­out equiv­a­lent to their orig­i­nal pur­chase price, mi­nus a de­ferred man­age­ment fee.

For long-stand­ing res­i­dents this amount will be much less than the cur­rent cost of their home.

Alv­ina Napier, man­ager of Sum­mer­set Aotea, said the pol­icy change meant res­i­dents no longer needed to worry about their se­cu­rity if a nat­u­ral disas­ter struck.

‘‘Our whole com­mu­nity has been ask­ing it­self what we would do if we were in the po­si­tion of Christchurch,‘‘ she said.

‘‘Kate Shep­pard shows us that our res­i­dents are in­cred­i­bly vul­ner­a­ble.’’

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