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

Submissions Schedule

As part of our consultation process, people who filed an expression of interest in the Commission's inquiry were able to make submissions on technical reports received by the Commission. We also periodically invited other parties to make submissions, for example, about discussion papers that we produced.

The evidence and submissions we received were published in the Document Library on this website, unless any party satisfied the Commission that there were compelling reasons not to do so.

Submission deadline



 Publication Title


Roles and responsibilities 

Key issues central and local government and the building and construction industry face when developing and enforcing legal and best-practice requirements for buildings in earthquakes.

Discussion paper: Roles and responsibilities


Building management after earthquakes 

Systemic matters that may lead to problems in the safety management of buildings after earthquakes 

Discussion paper: Building management after earthquakes


Training and organisation of the engineering profession 

  • The education of engineers
  • Training and in particular requirements for developing competence towards registering as a Chartered Professional Engineer
  • The role played by engineering professional societies


Discussion paper: Training and education of engineers and organisation of the engineering profession



New Zealand's geological setting, the seismological model for New Zealand and Canterbury and nature and severity of the Canterbury earthquakes.


Soil and ground conditions

Soils in the Christchurch CBD, their susceptibility to liquefaction, appropriate foundation structure systems and land improvement measures


Unreinforced masonry buildings

The legal requirements for earthquake-prone buildings, unreinforced masonry buildings, their seismic strengthening and the respective roles of central and local government


PGC building

All issues relevant to the failure of the PGC building in the earthquake of 22 February 2011 and the substantial loss of life and injury that resulted.

Forsyth Barr and Hotel Grand Chancellor buildings 

All issues relevant to the failure of the Forsyth Barr and Hotel Grand Chancellor buildings in the earthquake


New Building Technologies

Alternative technologies that can be used to improve the seismic performance of buildings including base isolation, precast structural seismic systems (PRESSS) and non-tearing floor systems  



The training of engineers and organisation of the engineering profession


Building Failure and Safety Evaluation  The manner in which issues of earthquake risk have been dealt with in the relevant planning documents of Environment Canterbury and the Christchurch City Council 


Building Assessment After Earthquakes

The process of and authority for building assessment after earthquakes (stickering/placarding).


Design of Conventional Structural Systems Following the Canterbury Earthquakes

Interim design advice from SESOC for designers in advance of potential code changes, in order to ‘future-proof’ new building designs, to the extent practical


CTV Building

All issues relevant to the failure of the CTV building in the 22 February 2011 earthquake