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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
 

Hearings About Individual Buildings (Except CTV & PGC) Whose Failure Resulted in Loss of Life (week 1)

The week beginning 12 December 2011, the Commission held public hearings about the following individual buildings whose failure resulted in loss of life:

  • 593 Colombo Street;
  • 90 Coleridge Street;
  • 617-625 Colombo Street; 
  • 7 Riccarton Road; and
  • 391/391A Worcester Street

Timetable

 DateTimeBuildingDescriptionPresenter
12 December 10am     Opening Statement by Mark Zarifeh, Counsel Assisting the Commission
  10.10am 593 Colombo Street   593 Colombo Street hearing summary by Mark Zarifeh
      Two-storey unreinforced masonry building situated on the corner of St Asaph Street and Colombo Streets tenanted by Southern Ink Peter Smith, Spencer Holmes, structural engineer
  11.30am      Steve McCarthy, Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council
  1.10pm     LUNCH 
  1.45pm      Simon Wall, structural engineer
  2.10pm      Christopher Chapman, property manager, NAI Harcourts Commercial
  4.30pm      Alistair Boys, structural engineer, Holmes Consulting
  5pm     HEARING COMPLETE
13 December 9.30am 593 Colombo Street (continued)   Richard Seville, structural engineer, Holmes Consulting
  11am      Mark Ryburn, structural engineer, Opus Consultants
  11.40am     BREAK 
  11.45am      Matthew Parkin, Southern Ink, tenant of 593B Colombo Street. 
  12.15pm      Christopher Chapman, property manager, NAI Harcourts Commercial (continued)
  12.30pm 90 Coleridge Street Free standing wall at Classique Furniture  90 Coleridge Street hearing summary by Mark Zarifeh, counsel assisting the Commission.
  12.35pm     Peter Smith, structural engineer, Spencer Holmes
  1pm     Tania Cochrane, bereaved family member
  1.05pm      Graeme Dreaver, business owner, Classique Furniture
  1.30pm      Marc Hobson, eye witness, Classique Furniture
  1.35pm     LUNCH
  2.20pm  617-625 Colombo Street A series of two-storey unreinforced masonry buildings on the north-west corner of Tuam and Colombo Streets  Peter Smith, structural engineer, Spencer Holmes
  2.45pm      Steve McCarthy, Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council
  3.15pm      Mark Humphrey & Jonathan Barnett, structural engineers, Beca
  3.45pm      David Ehlers, representative of building owners (by video link)
  4.15pm     Mark Humphrey & Jonathan Barnett, structural engineers, Beca (continued)
  4.25pm   HEARING COMPLETE
14 December 9.30am  7 Riccarton Road A two-storey stand-alone unreinforced masonry building, housing a second-hand bookshop 7 Riccarton Road hearing summary by Mark Zarifeh, counsel assisting the Commission.
  9.40am     Peter Smith, structural engineer, Spencer Holmes
  10.35am      Nigel Harwood, structural engineer inspected on 6/9/2010 
  10.55am      David Elliott, structural engineer, Aurecon
  11.30am     BREAK
  11.45am     David Elliott, structural engineer, Aurecon (continued)
  1pm     LUNCH
  2pm      Russell Officer, a Christchurch City Council inspector who inspected the building on 11/9/2010 
  2.20pm      Vaughan McMillan, a structural engineer who inspected the building on 11/9/2010
  2.35pm      Fritz Muller, loss adjuster, Cunningham and Lindsay
  3.05pm      Steve McCarthy, Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council 
  3.30pm     BREAK
  3.45pm     Steve McCarthy, Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council (continued)
  4.35pm      David Yan, one of the building owners
  5.05pm      Morris North, tenant
  5.30pm     ADJOURNMENT
15 December 9.30am 7 Riccarton Road (continued)   Morris North, tenant (continued)
  9.50am      Robert Ling, structural engineer
  10.35am     HEARING COMPLETE
  10.45am  391/391A Worcester Street A two-storey row unreinforced masonry building adjacent to Wicks Fish Shop 391/391A Worcester Street hearing summary by Mark Zarifeh, counsel assisting the Commission.
  10.50am     Peter Smith, structural engineer, Spencer Holmes
  11.35am     BREAK
  11.55am      Gary McGill, Contract Construction
  12.20pm      Tim Gwatkin, structural engineer, TM Consultants
  12.45pm     David Whyte, registered builder, Whyte Construction
  1pm      LUNCH
  2pm      Pak Loke, building owner
  3.25pm    

BREAK 

  3.45pm     

Steve McCarthy, Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council

   3.55pm    

Earthquake Commission (EQC)Chief Executive Ian Simpson

  4.45pm    

Earthquake Commission Customer Services General Manager Bruce Emson 

  4.50pm    

Earthquake Commission Canterbury Event Manager Reid Stiven

 

  5pm      Geoffrey Hadfield, neighbouring tenant and bereaved family member (written statement only)
  5.10pm     HEARING COMPLETE

 

Counsel Appearing

Counsel assisting the Commission

593 Colombo 

  • Duncan Laing and Nadine Daines for Christchurch City Council
  • Daniel McLellan for Opus Consultants 
  • Phillip Rzepecky for NAI Harcourts Commercial
  • John Hannan for Holmes Consulting Group
  • Willie Palmer representing Simon Wall

90 Coleridge

  • No lawyers

617-625 Colombo

  • Duncan Laing and Nadine Daines for Christchurch City Council 

7 Riccarton Road

  • Duncan Laing and Nadine Daines for Christchurch City Council

382 Colombo

  • Duncan Laing and Nadine Daines for Christchurch City Council
  • Daniel McLellan for Opus Consultants 

391 Worcester

  • Daniel McLellan for Opus Consultants  
  • Geoff Carter of Chapman Tripp for EQC