Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission


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Message from Chair of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission, Dame Silvia Cartwright

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Good morning,

As you may be aware, the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission is examining the role and work of EQC in the aftermath of recent natural disasters, to learn lessons that can be applied to how it operates in future.

You, or your group/organisation, have been identified as potentially having an interest in the work of this Inquiry. As the Inquiry Chair, I wanted to provide an initial update on the Inquiry process and opportunities for people to have their say.

The Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission operates independently of government. It has a particular focus on the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, but will be about experiences right across New Zealand. I intend to report my findings and recommendations to the Governor-General and the Government by the end of 2019.

I am meeting with experts and organisations central to this Inquiry, as well as affected property owners and their advocates. A Community Reference Group made up of community leaders and advocates is providing me with advice to ensure I gather information widely for the Inquiry.      

From today, the Inquiry will formally begin accepting written submissions from individuals and groups/organisations. Submissions can be made online at our website eqcinquiry.govt.nz, or by visiting your local library or service centre where paper submission forms may be available. Further information about the Inquiry is also available on the website.

In addition to providing written information, submitters will also be able to request a meeting with me. I will consider any meeting requests on a case-by-case basis according to whether I think they can further assist the Inquiry. Meeting requests can be made to the Inquiry team by emailing info@eqcinquiry.govt.nz or by phoning 0508 INQ EQC (0508 467 372).

There will also be other opportunities for people to share their experiences and views with the Inquiry, including a series of public forums. We will provide notice of these opportunities in the coming weeks.   

The importance of this Inquiry cannot be overstated. I hope you will help us make positive change for all New Zealanders.

I will issue further updates as the Inquiry progresses. Thank you for your interest in this Inquiry, and I look forward to your participation.
 
Kind regards,
 
Dame Silvia Cartwright