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

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13 April 2011

Canterbury earthquake Building Failure Royal Commission website goes live

The official website for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Building Failure Caused by the Canterbury Earthquakes is now available at

The website will provide a range of information including details about the terms of reference, the commissioners and how to contact the Commission. Justice Mark Cooper, a sitting High Court judge will chair the royal Commission. His fellow commissioners are Sir Ron Carter and Richard Fenwick.

The Royal Commission will inquire into the performance of buildings within the Christchurch CBD, and the adequacy of the current legal and best practice requirements for the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings in CBDs in New Zealand to address the known risk of earthquakes.

The Royal Commission operates independently of government but receives administrative assistance from the Department of Internal Affairs. The office of the Royal Commission will be based in Christchurch.


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The Department of Internal Affairs
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