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

In my last newsletter I wrote about the very positive response the Public Inquiry has had from people wanting to share their stories and give their views on changes to EQC.

Having had time to analyse what the Inquiry has heard in written submissions and at public forums, my team and I have now prepared a short summary of collated comments from people. This is only a snapshot, but it should give a flavour of what the Inquiry has heard most often. You can read it here(external link).

I expect to be able to release a much larger and more thorough summary of peoples’ experiences and views – told largely in their own words - this December.
The Inquiry’s final report, with recommendations to the Government about EQC’s role and function, needs to be presented to the Governor-General by the end of March next year.
I have now largely completed an extensive programme of meetings and interviews with people and organisations around New Zealand. This has provided some important insights into how EQC operates and how it can be better prepared for future disasters.
My focus is now on taking all that I have heard and read, including a large amount of research and study of documents relating to EQC, and turning it into a final report that will help make a positive difference for New Zealanders.
I will be back in contact before the end of this year, but in the meantime you can continue to follow the progress of the Inquiry at our website, link)
Thank you once again for taking the time to participate in, and keep up to date with, the Inquiry.
Ngā mihi,
Dame Silvia Cartwright
Chair of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission   

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