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Dame Silvia Cartwright to lead public inquiry into EQC

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The Minister for Christchurch Regeneration Megan Woods has announced a public inquiry into the Earthquake Commission.

Former Governor-General and High Court Judge Dame Silvia Cartwright will lead the public inquiry.

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General,” says Dr Woods. 

“The aim of the inquiry is to learn from the experience of the Canterbury earthquakes and ensure that the Earthquake Commission is fit for purpose in future events.

“The insurance system as a whole, including EQC’s role in that system, needs to be ready to deliver services to those affected by the next big event – whenever or wherever that happens.

“How the Inquiry approaches its task is a matter for the Inquiry team, but I expect it will engage with all interested parties, especially those with direct experience of submitting and managing insurance claims.”