Christchurch's Port Hills residents forced out of their homes because of falling rocks have been given some hope from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority that protective fences may allow them to move back.
CERA chief executive Roger Sutton says fences are being considered for the 158 properties in the white-zone which are off limits due to rock-fall.
Mr Sutton says it will depend on the size and the number of rocks putting the property at risk.
He can not say who would pay for the fences or whether residents would be given a choice about the fences but did not rule that out as an option.
Mr Sutton says white zoned residents are due to find out the fate of their properties on 17 August.