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

Website Privacy Policy


The Royal Commission is not subject to the Privacy Act and are administered by the Department of Internal Affairs ("the Department") on behalf of the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission ("the Commission"). The purpose of this privacy policy is to let users of these websites know and what is done with it.

This privacy policy relates only to these websites. It does not cover personal information provided or collected during the course of the Royal Commission's inquiry.

The Commission is not subject to the Privacy Act 1993.

No need to disclose personal information

These websites can be viewed and their web feeds can be subscribed to without the need to disclose any personal information to the Department.

Your disclosure of personal information

You may decide to disclose personal information to the Commission or the Department by providing identifying information when:

  • seeking information from or via the websites; or
  • providing feedback to the Commission or Department.

This information will be viewable by certain members of the Commission and/or the Department. 

Holding of information

Personal information that you provide will be held by the Commission and/or the Department.

Use of personal information

The Commission and Department will only use personal information provided to communicate with users of the websites or for the purposes of the Commission's inquiry.  

Statistical information

The Department may collect statistical information about your visit to help it analyse usage of, and improve, the website. This information includes:

  • users' IP addresses
  • users' search terms
  • pages accessed on the site
  • links that are clicked on
  • date and time of site visits
  • previous visited site
  • users' operating systems
  • browsers used when accessing the site.

Cookies and generate persistent cookies for all visitors for the purpose of collecting the statistical information referred to above. The cookies, which can be found on your computer, are named __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz.

Access to personal information

If you would like to see the personal information relating to you that the Department has stored, or to request correction of such personal information, or if you have any concerns regarding your privacy, please contact the Department by email at The Department may require proof of your identity before being able to provide you with any personal information.