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
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
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
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.