About the Terms of Reference

Posted 22 Aug 2011 by RoyalCommission Popular
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About the Terms of Reference

The Commission’s terms of reference are wide ranging and our findings will have implications for the entire country, not just Canterbury. The terms of reference require us to look at two major areas:

1. Buildings in the Christchurch central business district (CBD), an area bounded by the four avenues (Fitzgerald, Deans, Moorhouse and Bealey) and Harper Avenue. We are looking specifically at what factors led some buildings to fail severely; why some buildings’ failure caused extensive injury and death, and why buildings differed as to the extent to which they failed and caused injury or death. That will mean looking at, among other things, the characteristics of buildings which may have led to failure (for example, age, location, whether buildings conformed to earthquake risk best practice).

The buildings must include the Canterbury Television (CTV) building, the Pyne Gould Corporation (PGC) building, the Forsyth Barr building and The Hotel Grand Chancellor building.

We have also widened our inquiry to include any other building which caused loss of life including commercial premises on Riccarton Road in Riccarton, Coleridge Street in Sydenham, Worcester Street in Linwood and a residential property in St Albans.

2. The adequacy of current legal and best-practice requirements for the design, construction and maintenance of buildings in central business districts in New Zealand.

We are not investigating:

  • Any questions of liability
  • The earthquake search and rescue effort
  • Design, planning or options for rebuilding Christchurch city central business district

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