But the city council says its cost can no longer be justified.
"Turtle fossils are really rare in New Zealand."
The ruling is a win for the homeowners, but some things are lost forever.
The man is already facing one charge of threatening to kill.
The pain is still so raw for so many.
He says he's spent two years trying to get Christchurch City Council approval.
Paparoa, a group that tracks white supremacy and extremism online, provided police with the accused's name.
The girl died on Friday after being found in the washing machine.
Witnesses reported seeing a man "saturated" in blood running through the streets.