EQC inquiry unlikely to identify failures without investigative approach, group warns

An "inquisitorial" Earthquake Commission (EQC) inquiry risks failing to protect Kiwis against "ongoing, limitless damage" by the agency in future natural disasters.

Advocacy group Wider Earthquake Community Action Group (WeCan) does not believe the inquiry led by former Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright will find solutions to the causes of EQC's post-quake shortcomings.

Prominent lawyer Brian Henry, who represented WeCan in a meeting with Cartwright in Christchurch last week, said the group had concerns about the informal process she had decided on. 

He was concerned that Cartwright was not keeping transcripts from interviews, only notes, and had not subpoenaed records from EQC. 

Full story here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/114176806/eqc-inquiry-unlikely-to-identify-failures-without-investigative-approach-group-warns

Simon Darby