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
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
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
Bereaved Families Contact
Community and Family Liaison Officer
Phone: +64 3 741 3007
Mobile: +64 27 837 3323