The Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission has been established to examine the role and work of the Earthquake Commission (EQC), and to learn lessons that can be applied to how it operates in future.
EQC is a New Zealand Crown entity that provides natural disaster insurance to residential property owners, as well as investing in natural disaster research and education. Find out more about EQC here(external link).
The Inquiry was established by the Government in November 2018, through an Order in Council(external link) by the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy. You can read the statement of Minister Megan Woods about the establishment of the Inquiry here(external link).
An amendment to the original Order in Council was subsequently issued, to change the reporting date for the Inquiry. You can read this amendment here(external link).
This is the first “public inquiry” to be held in New Zealand under the Inquiries Act 2013(external link) , and it operates independently from Ministers and government.
The inquiry is being led by The Hon. Dame Silvia Cartwright, with advice from a Community Reference Group and support from a secretariat based in Christchurch. Dame Silvia will conduct meetings and interviews in an inquisitorial approach to gathering information for the Inquiry.
The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry lays out its purpose, and what is in its scope and what is not. For example, the Inquiry will not be addressing the resolution of individual claims to EQC, or legal challenges against EQC.
Detail about how the Inquiry will operate can be found in the formal Minutes of the Inquiry
Public participation is an important part of this Inquiry. If you have experience dealing with EQC - as a claimant, advocate, contractor or otherwise - we are keen to hear your views about EQC's policies, operations and services into the future.
There will be range of ways people can participate in the Inquiry, including public forums and written submissions.
You can find out how to participate in the Have your say section.