How the Commission will work

Posted 25 Aug 2011 by RoyalCommission Popular
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How the Commission Works

The Commission is committed to conducting a fair, thorough and open investigation and work is well underway.

Using the powers of investigation available under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908, we been gathering significant amounts of information since early May.

1. Identify key issues and scope of inquiry

We have listed the key issues which appear to be at the heart of the problem. This has been further broken down into defined, manageable areas called a Notice of Issues.

We have also identified a list of buildings of interest.

2. Identify likely interested parties and persons and the nature of their interest

We have sought expressions of interest from any person or organisation wishing to participate in the inquiry, either by making submissions, giving evidence or providing information to the Commission. Expressions of interest closed on Friday 22 July 2011.

3. Seek expert technical advice and gather and analyse information

We have commissioned a raft of reports from New Zealand and international technical experts. We will also take into account, but not be limited by, a technical investigation already underway by the Departm ent of Building and Housing.

We are requesting, obtaining and analysing information from a wide range of organisations including but not limited to the Christchurch City Council, EQC, CERA, the Police, the Insurance Council, academia and professional bodies (e.g. IPENZ). The Commission has also sourced information from building owners, structural engineers and potential witnesses.

4. Conduct hearings

In late 2011 we will hold public hearings in Christchurch. Evidence will be given by people who can comment first-hand on what happened or by experts who can give opinions. Evidence is normally given on oath and the witness can be questioned by the Commissioners and the parties represented at the Commission. Lawyers are not required in order for people to participate in the hearings or the wider inquiry.

5. Post Hearing Analysis

Information and evidence presented at the hearings will be further analysed and conclusions will be reached.

6. Produce reports

Our terms of reference require us to produce two reports for Excellency the Governor-General of New Zealand. An interim report will be delivered by 11 October 2011 and a final report by 11 April 2012.


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