Cave Rock apartments


PHOTO: JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/STUFF The former owners of the Cave Rock apartments have been offered $4.8m for the land, but there is no consensus on how the funds are divided.

Prime land on Christchurch’s beachfront is mired in a legal wrangle more than eight years after apartments on the site were wrecked.

Sumner’s Cave Rock Apartment complex was damaged in 2011 earthquake, prompting a long battle over insurance.

Its residents were mostly elderly, who wanted to enjoy their retirements in comfort by the sea. Thirteen have since died.

Weeds have grown on the fenced-off site, and the yet-to-be demolished apartments have fallen into ruin. Sumner residents are said to be fed up with the “blot on the landscape” at the village’s entrance.