Message from the Hon Dr Megan Woods


27 November 2017

Thank you for the invitation to attend this event and please accept my apologies for my absence. I have asked Kelvin Smith from the Greater Christchurch group within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to attend this evening’s proceedings.

Since taking office, I have begun discussions with officials about commencing work into establishing an inquiry into the Earthquake Commission and have asked this to be prioritised. I hope to have more to say on this matter in the near future.

Beyond this immediate priority, I am working closely with EQC to ensure that the remaining Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquake claims are settled as fairly, efficiently and quickly as possible. I have also commenced work with my colleague Justice Minister Andrew Little on the establishment of an arbitration tribunal as an alternative pathway for claimants, EQC and insurers to resolve disputes.

I understand that many of you are dealing with issues that have been ongoing for some years now and while I am not – and will not - be in a position to offer a solution to each and every concern that arises, I can assure you all that I am working hard to speed things up in a fair and responsible manner.

For me, the priority is making sure that people are able to move on with their lives.

Melanie Tobeck