Hearings

Posted 29 Aug 2011 by RoyalCommission Popular
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Hearings

The Commission will hold public hearings on issues that arise under our te rms of reference.

Hearings will begin on 17 October 2011 at St Teresa Church on the corner of Riccarton Road and Puriri Street in Christchurch.

The Commission will first hold a hearing on the issue of seismicity: New Zealand’s geological setting, the seismicity model for New Zealand and in particular Canterbury and the nature and severity of the Canterbury earthquakes.

The hearing may last up to a week and will include presentation of the GNS Science report “The Canterbury Earthquake Sequence and Implications for Seismic Design Levels” as well as reviews of that report.

Other hearings will be held about other topics in the following weeks and the New Year. The issues to be addressed in those hearings will be advised in subsequent updates to this website.

The Commission is not able to set out a full schedule of the hearings until it receives the results of a separate investigation being carried out by the Department of Building and Housing into the failure of the CTV, PGC, Hotel Grand Chancellor and Forsyth Barr buildings. In the meantime we are continuing with our own investigation of the failure of those buildings and many other buildings in the CBD, including those in or near where lives were lost on 22 February 2011.

Our terms of reference require us to take the results of the departmental investigation into account and determine the sequence of our inquiry having regard to its availability. Until the results of that investigation are public the Commission can not schedule the hearings dealing with those buildings.

The hearings in relation to the inspection of buildings and the ‘stickering’ or ‘placarding’ of buildings following the 4 September and 26 December earthquakes should logically follow consideration of the reasons for the failure of these buildings. This means that these hearings can not be scheduled at this stage either.

It is important that the department investigation is thorough as that will assist the work of the Commission.

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