Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission


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

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Mōrena,

In my last newsletter I wrote about the very positive response the Public Inquiry has had from people wanting to share their stories and give their views on changes to EQC.

Having had time to analyse what the Inquiry has heard in written submissions and at public forums, my team and I have now prepared a short summary of collated comments from people. This is only a snapshot, but it should give a flavour of what the Inquiry has heard most often. You can read it here.

I expect to be able to release a much larger and more thorough summary of peoples’ experiences and views – told largely in their own words - this December.

The Inquiry’s final report, with recommendations to the Government about EQC’s role and function, needs to be presented to the Governor-General by the end of March next year.

I have now largely completed an extensive programme of meetings and interviews with people and organisations around New Zealand. This has provided some important insights into how EQC operates and how it can be better prepared for future disasters.

My focus is now on taking all that I have heard and read, including a large amount of research and study of documents relating to EQC, and turning it into a final report that will help make a positive difference for New Zealanders.

I will be back in contact before the end of this year, but in the meantime you can continue to follow the progress of the Inquiry at our website, eqcinquiry.govt.nz

Thank you once again for taking the time to participate in, and keep up to date with, the Inquiry.

Ngā mihi,

Dame Silvia Cartwright
Chair of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission


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


From the Chair of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission

Monday, 13 May 2019

Good afternoon,

You may have read in my last newsletter in April about written submissions being encouraged for the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission. There is still time to make a submission (until 26 May); however in this update I wanted to also make you aware of Public Forums taking place from later this week.

These forums are an opportunity for people to drop in and talk to the Inquiry face to face, see what others are saying, or take part in group discussions with me. Below are details about these forums in Christchurch and North Canterbury over the next few weeks, and how to register for a group discussion.

Christchurch Public Forums

Location: Level 1, Tūranga central library, 60 Cathedral Sq
Friday 17 May
Drop-in: 10.30am – 1.30pm 
Group discussion: 12.00pm - 1.15pm (no spaces available)

Saturday 18 May
Drop-in: 11.00am – 4.30pm

Sunday 19 May
Drop-in: 11.00am – 4.30pm

Monday 20 May
Drop-in: 10.30am - 4.30pm
Group discussion: 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Tuesday 21 May
Drop-in: 11.00am - 4.30pm
Group discussion: 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Tuesday 4 June
Drop-in: 1.30pm – 7.00pm
Group discussion: 5.15pm - 6.30pm

Wednesday 5 June
Drop-in: 1.30pm – 7.00pm
Group discussion: 5.15pm - 6.30pm

Thursday 6 June
Drop-in: 10.30am - 1.00pm

Waimakariri Public Forum

Location: Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi
Monday 27 May
Drop-in: 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Group discussion: 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Kaikōura Public Forum
Location: Council Chambers, Kaikōura District Council
Monday 17 June
Drop-in: 4.00pm – 6.00pm

Hurunui Public Forums
Cheviot
Tuesday 11 June
Drop-in: 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Location: Cheviot Emergency Ctr, McQueens Road, Cheviot

Wednesday 12 June
Drop-in: 11.00am - 1.00pm
Location: Waiau Community Hall & Library, 3 Cheviot St,

Whether you are able to attend one of these public forums, or can make a written submission, I’m keen to hear what changes people want to see in how EQC responds to natural disasters.

I appreciate talking about difficult past experiences won’t be easy for many people, especially where there may be a level of mistrust. But I would encourage anyone to make the effort, not just for themselves, but to pay it forward to future generations who will need the insurance cover when natural disasters occur.

If you haven’t heard much about the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission, it has been underway since late last year and 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.

If you would like to attend a public forum, make a submission, or learn more about the Inquiry and its work, you can do so at our website eqcinquiry.govt.nz. You can also see who I have been meeting with to gather information for the Inquiry.

Please send this newsletter on to anyone you think might be interested in the work of the Inquiry, or you can unsubscribe from the newsletters by clicking below.

I look forward to your participation. Thank you for helping us make positive change for all New Zealanders.

Kind regards,

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