Message from Dame Silvia Cartwright, Chair of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission

Good afternoon,

You may have read in my last newsletter in April about written submissions being encouraged for the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission. There is still time to make a submission (until 26 May); however in this update I wanted to also make you aware of Public Forums taking place from later this week.


These forums are an opportunity for people to drop in and talk to the Inquiry face to face, see what others are saying, or take part in group discussions with me. Below are details about these forums in Christchurch and North Canterbury over the next few weeks, and how to register for a group discussion.

Christchurch Public Forums

Location: Level 1, Tūranga central library, 60 Cathedral Square

Date Forum open (drop-in anytime) Group discussion with Dame Silvia Cartwright
Friday 17 May 10.30am – 1.30pm

12.00pm – 1.15pm

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Saturday 18 May 11.00am – 4.30pm -
Sunday 19 May 11.00am – 4.30pm -
Monday 20 May 10.30am -4.30pm

1.00pm – 2.30pm

Register now(external link)(external link)

Tuesday 21 May 11.00am - 4.30pm

1.00pm- 2.30pm

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Tuesday 4 June 1.30pm – 7.00pm

5.15pm – 6.30pm

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Wednesday 5 June 1.30pm – 7.00pm

5.15pm – 6.30pm

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Thursday 6 June 10.30am - 1.00pm -

Waimakariri Public Forums 

Date Location Forum open (drop-in anytime) Group discussion with Dame Silvia Cartwright
Monday 27 May Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 4.30pm – 6.30pm

5.30pm - 6.30pm

Register now(external link)(external link)

Kaikōura Public Forum

Location: Council Chambers, Kaikōura District Council, 96 West End, Kaikōura

Date Forum open (drop-in anytime)
Monday 17 June 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Hurunui Public Forums

Cheviot

Location: Cheviot Emergency Centre, McQueens Road, Cheviot

Date Forum open (drop-in anytime)
Tuesday 11 June 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Waiau

Location: Waiau Community Hall and Library, 3 Cheviot St, Waiau

Date Forum open (drop-in anytime)
Wednesday 12 June 11.00am - 1.00pm

Whether you are able to attend one of these public forums, or can make a written submission, I’m keen to hear what changes people want to see in how EQC responds to natural disasters.

I appreciate talking about difficult past experiences won’t be easy for many people, especially where there may be a level of mistrust. But I would encourage anyone to make the effort, not just for themselves, but to pay it forward to future generations who will need the insurance cover when natural disasters occur.

If you haven’t heard much about the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission, it has been underway since late last year and operates independently of government. It has a particular focus on the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, but will be about experiences right across New Zealand. I intend to report my findings and recommendations to the Governor-General and the Government by the end of 2019.

I am meeting with experts and organisations central to this Inquiry, as well as affected property owners and their advocates. A Community Reference Group made up of community leaders and advocates is providing me with advice to ensure I gather information widely for the Inquiry.

If you would like to attend a public forum, make a submission, or learn more about the Inquiry and its work, you can do so at our website eqcinquiry.govt.nz. You can also see who I have been meeting with to gather information for the Inquiry.

Please send this newsletter on to anyone you think might be interested in the work of the Inquiry, or you can unsubscribe from the newsletters by clicking below.

I look forward to your participation. Thank you for helping us make positive change for all New Zealanders.

Kind regards,

Dame Silvia Cartwright

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