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EQC Inquiry


Visit the EQC Inquiry website to find out more.

The work of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission has now finished. Read the report of the Inquiry and find out more on the EQC Inquiry website.

The Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission was established in November 2018 to examine the role and work of the Earthquake Commission (EQC), and to learn lessons that can be applied to how it operates in the future.

Inquiry Chair Dame Silvia Cartwright reported her findings and recommendations in the form of the Report of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission to the Governor-General at the end of March 2020. She also presented a companion document that summarises what people told the Inquiry.

Dame Silvia Cartwright PCNZM DBE QSO DStJ

The Report and a companion summary were jointly released by the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Hon Dr Megan Woods and the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Hon Grant Robertson on 9 April 2020.

The inquiry was led by Dame Silvia Cartwright, with advice from a Community Reference Group and support from a secretariat based in Christchurch. Dame Silvia took an inquisitorial approach to gathering information for the Inquiry.

The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry laid out its purpose, and what was in its scope and what was not. For example, the Inquiry could not address the resolution of individual claims to EQC, or legal challenges against EQC.

You can learn more by visiting the EQC Inquiry website.

Reports of the Public Inquiry into the Earthquake Commission

Terms of Reference

Date published Title / Download
November 2018 amended July 2019

Community Reference Group

Minutes of the Inquiry

Date published Title / Download
First published 28 January 2019; amended and re-issued 16 May 2019

First published 4 March 2019; amended and re-issued 16 May 2019, amended and re-issued 19 February 2020
First published 16 May 2019
First published 17 June 2019
First published 19 February 2020

Establishment Documents

Date published Title / Download
11 Dec 2017
13 Feb 2018
15 March 2018
21 March 2018
11 May 2018
30 May 2018
28 June 2018
12 July 2018
2 August 2018
10 August 2018
6 September 2018
7 September 2018
12 September 2018
31 October 2018
8 November 2018
24 June 2019

Last updated: 
Friday, 29 January 2021

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