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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 Other Buildings (Except CTV and PGC) Whose Failure Resulted in Loss of Life (Week 3)

The week beginning 30 January 2012, the Commission held public hearings about the following individual buildings whose failure resulted in loss of life:

  • 32 Cathedral Square;
  • 309 Durham Street North;
  • 603 and 605-613 Colombo Street; and
  • 200-204 Manchester Street.

Timetable 

 DateTimeBuildingDescriptionPresenter
30 January 10am 32 Cathedral Square (The Press)  Four storey ornate heritage building constructed in 1906  32 Cathedral Square hearing summary by Counsel Assisting the Commission
  10.25am      Naomi Magee, eye witness
  10.55am      Andrew Boyle, Fairfax Media, General Manager (The Press)
  11.25am     BREAK
  11.45am     Andrew Boyle (continued)
  12.05pm      Michael Doig, 32 Cathedral Square Ltd/Ganellen Pty Ltd, building owner 
  1pm     LUNCH
  1.45pm      Ashley Wilson, Lewis Bradford, Structural Engineer 
  2.35pm      Andrew Thompson, Harrison Grierson, Structural Engineer 
  2.45pm      John Hare, Holmes Consulting Group, Structural Engineer
  3.45pm     BREAK
  4pm     John Hare (continued)
  4.25pm      Ben Dare, Holmes Consulting Group, Structural Engineer
  4.55pm      Steve McCarthy, Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council
  5.25pm      Peter Smith, Spencer Holmes, structural engineer
  5.55pm     HEARING COMPLETE
31 January 9.30am 309 Durham Street North (Methodist church) Historic Places Trust category 1 Gothic-style unreinforced masonry stone building  309 Durham Street North hearing summary by Counsel Assisting the Commission
  9.45am     Greg Wright, owner's representative for Methodist Church of New Zealand
  10.35am      Tim Fahy, Arrow International, Project Manager
  11.30am     BREAK
  11.45am     Tim Fahy (continued)
  1.10pm     LUNCH
  2pm      John Hargraves, South Island Organ Company, Managing Director
  2.20pm      Gary Haverland, Structex Metro, Structural Engineer
  3.30pm     BREAK
  3.45pm     Gary Haverland (continued)
  5pm      Steve McCarthy, Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council
  5.30pm      Peter Smith, Spencer Holmes, structural engineer
  5.50pm     HEARING COMPLETE
1 February 9.30am 603 & 605-613 Colombo Street

603 Colombo Street was a  two storey row  unreinforced masonry heritage building at the end of the row on the north-west corner of Colombo and Mollett Streets. 605-613 Colombo Street was the middle portion of a two storey row unreinforced masonry heritage building situated on the west side of Colombo Street, between Mollett Street and Tuam Street. 

Hearing summaries by Counsel Assisting the Commission

  9.50am     Ann Brower, eye witness
  10.10am     Kenneth Edwards, eye witness (written statement only)
  10.15am      John Dallison representing Yee Brothers Syndicate, owner of 603 Colombo Street
  10.50am      Marton Sinclair, Eliot Sinclair and Partners, Structural Engineer
  11.35am     BREAK
  11.50am     Marton Sinclair (continued)
  12.15pm      Mark Ryburn, Opus International Consultants
  12.55pm     Paul Campbell, Opus International Consultants, Structural Engineer 
  1.55pm     LUNCH
  2pm     Paul Campbell (continued)
  2.50pm      Peter McLeod, loss adjustor
  3.15pm      Robin Cheng representing Benson Chen Holdings, owner of 605-613 Colombo Street
  3.55pm     BREAK
  4.10pm      Matthew Bushnell, Bushnell Builders, Registered Builder
  4.50pm     Justice Cooper discussion with Duncan Laing, Simpson Grierson, counsel for Christchurch City Council
  5.05pm     ADJOURNMENT
2 February   9.30am  603 & 605-613 Colombo Street (continued)   Sean Ward, Senior Planner, resource consents team, Christchurch City Council
  10.20am      John Higgins, Resource Consents Manager, Christchurch City Council
  11.30am     BREAK
  11.45am      Vincie Billante, Environmental Policy Consultant (formerly team leader of Christchurch City Council's building recovery office dangerous buildings)
  1.05pm     LUNCH
  1.45pm     Vincie Billante (continued)
  1.55pm      Michael Fletcher, Buchanan and Fletcher, Structural Engineer 
  3pm      Tony Raper, Opus International Consultants, Structural Engineer 
  3.40pm     BREAK
  3.55pm     Steve McCarthy, Environmental Policy and Approvals Manager, Christchurch City Council 
  5.05pm      Peter Smith, Spencer Holmes, structural engineer
  5.30pm   HEARING COMPLETE
2 February 5.40pm  200-204 Manchester Street (adjourned from 26 January 2012) Peter Smith, Spencer Holmes, structural engineer 
  6.10pm   HEARING COMPLETE

Counsel Appearing

Counsel assisting the Commission

32 Cathedral Square

  • John Hannan, DLA Phillips Fox for Holmes Consulting Group 
  • Peter Woods, Anthony Harper for 32 Cathedral Square Ltd/Ganellen Pty Ltd 
  • Helen Smith and Jennifer Miles, Duncan Cotterill for NZ Fire Service 
  • Duncan Ferrier, Barrister, Fairfax Media
  • Duncan Laing and Nadine Daines, Simpson Grierson for Christchurch City Council

 309 Durham Street

  • Helen Smith and Katie Benson, Duncan Cotterill for Structex Metro and Arrow International
  • Duncan Laing and Nadine Daines, Simpson Grierson for Christchurch City Council

603 Colombo Street

  • Duncan Laing and Fiona Sing, Simpson Grierson for Christchurch City Council

605-613 Colombo Street

  • Duncan Laing and Fiona Sing, Simpson Grierson for Christchurch City Council
  • Daniel McLellan, barrister, for Opus International Consultants
  • Andrew McIntyre, DAC Beachcroft, for Buchanan and Fletcher