Bereaved Families

Posted 22 Aug 2011 by RoyalCommission Popular
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For Bereaved Families

Families in New Zealand, Australia, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Israel, Great Britain, Taiwan, USA, Canada, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Ireland and Turkey lost loved ones due to the 22 February Canterbury earthquake.

Providing bereaved families with access to clear, relevant and timely information is a major priority for the Commission. Chair Justice Mark Cooper has met with many of the 182 bereaved families to explain how we are investigating the building collapses and to answer their questions about the process.

The Commission is working from a list of bereaved family members supplied by the New Zealand Police. If you are a bereaved family member and have not heard from us, it is because we do not have your contact details or because your contact details have changed. If you wish to be kept informed about the inquiry please contact the Commission.

A Community and Family Liaison Officer Kate Collins has been appointed to liaise with bereaved families and respond to their concerns. Ms Collins is also an advocate for the families by ensuring there is a link to Commissioners and the two Counsel Assisting (lawyers).

The Counsel Assisting will ensure the Commission’s inquiry is fair, thorough and takes all interests into account, including those of bereaved families.

Bereaved families should feel free to contact Ms Collins with questions or concerns. They are also welcome to provide Counsel Assisting with information which may be relevant to the inquiry.

Please note the Commission does not determine the cause of death or hold inquests. These are matters for the Coroner’s Office

Bereaved Families Contact

Kate Collins
Community and Family Liaison Officer
Phone: +64 3 741 3007
Mobile: +64 27 837 3323
Kate.Collins@royalcommission. govt.nz

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