Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission Te Komihana Rūwhenua o Waitaha Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission – Te Komihana Rūwhenua o Waitaha

Those who lost relatives and friends in the 22 February earthquake can be assured that there will be a very thorough inquiry into the failure of buildings that resulted in loss of life.
Chair, Justice Mark Cooper

MEDIA RELEASE                                                      

18 January 2011 

Quakes Royal Commission Confirms Hearings Until End of March


The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission has confirmed dates for its hearings through until the end of March 2012. It is also in discussion with the Government about an extension to its final reporting date.

The Commission’s terms of reference require it to deliver a final report to the Governor-General by 11 April 2012. However the Commission is seeking an extension to allow sufficient time to complete its hearings programme and prepare its final report.

The inquiry, which began in May 2011, has been progressing well. However the Commission is seeking the extension due to unexpected delays in receiving key evidence, some of the public hearings taking longer than anticipated and the sheer breadth of the inquiry.

The hearings schedule for January to March is as follows:



17-18 January

Hotel Grand Chancellor

23 January

116 Lichfield Street (Ruben Blades)

24 January

89/89A, 91 & 93 Cashel Street (Cashel Mall)

25 January

194 Hereford Street (Joe’s Garage)

26 January

200-204 Manchester Street (Iconic Bar)

30 January

32 Cathedral Square (The Press)

31 January

309 Durham Street (Methodist Church)

1-2 February

603 & 605-613 Colombo Street

13 February

595 & 595A Colombo Street

14 February

601/601A Colombo Street

15 February

194 Gloucester Street and 246 High Street

16 February

382 Colombo Street

23-24 February

Forsyth Barr

27 February

43 Lichfield Street

28 February

265-271 Manchester Street (173 Gloucester Street)

29 February

753-759 Colombo Street

1 March

738 Colombo Street

12-15 March

New building technologies

26-28 March

The training of engineers and organisation of the engineering profession

After that, the Commission plans to hold hearings about the CTV building; building assessments after earthquakes; and the regulatory framework (including building codes and design rules). The date of these hearings will be established once the Government has made a decision on the request for an extension of time.

Because the hearing about the training of engineers has been moved from February to March, the Commission has extended the submission deadline to 31 January.

The timetables for next week’s hearings are now available on the Commission’s website.

Point of Clarification

As part of the ongoing inquiry, the Commission periodically holds public hearings on matters of particular public interest and/or that require further clarification. The Commission continues its inquiry regardless of whether hearings are currently being held. It is misleading to report the Commission is “resuming” when a public hearing begins and similarly that the inquiry has “adjourned” when a hearing has been completed.


Media Contact  

Robin Major
Senior Communications Advisor
Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission
Ph + 64 (0)3 741 3004 or + 64 (0)21 621 656