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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
 

Roles and Responsiblities Hearing

On 11 and 12 September 2012 the Royal Commission conducted a public hearing to examine the key issues faced by central and local government, the building and construction industry and other elements of the private sector, when developing and enforcing legal and best practice requirements for buildings in earthquake events. 

The hearing included two separate panel discussions which included representatives from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Standards Council, the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand and the New Zealand Construction Industry Council. 

Timetable

Date Time  Presenter Topic
11 September 2012 9.40am Stephen Mills QC, counsel assisting the Commission Opening statement
Efficiency of the current building regulatory framework and recommendations for improvement
9.50am John Scarry, structural engineer Training of structural engineers and the building regulatory framework
11.05am

David Kelly, Director Canterbury Rebuild & Recovery, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Dr Peter Mumford, Director, MBIE

View from the regulator on standards development
11.30am

BREAK 

11.45am

David Kelly and Dr Peter Mumford (continued)

1pm

BREAK 

2.15pm

John Lumsden, Chair, Standards Council

Debbie Chin, Chief Executive, Standards NZ

View on standards development
3.35pm

BREAK 

3.50pm Pieter Burghout, Construction Industry Council (CIC) View from the industry
4.10pm Dr Nicki Crauford, Deputy Chief Executive, Institute of Professional Engineering New Zealand (IPENZ) View from the engineering professions
4.45pm ADJOURNMENT
12 September 9.30am

Panel discussion:

  • David Kelly
  • Dr Peter Mumford
  • John Lumsden
  • Pieter Burghout
  • Dr Nicki Crauford
  • Debbie Chin

 

Obtaining regulatory approval within the sector, including capability and quality assurance
11.05am

David Kelly, MBIE 

View from the regulator
11.35am

BREAK 

11.50am

Nicholas Hill, Chief Executive, Building Officials Institute of New Zealand (BOINZ) and Peter Laurenson of the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC)

View of building officials
1pm

BREAK 

2.15pm

Geoff Hallam, Programme Manager - Inspection Bodies Accreditation, International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ)

View from the BCA accreditation body
3.20pm

Pieter Burghout, CIC

View from the industry
3.45pm

Derek Bradley, Compusoft 

4.05pm

Panel discussion:

  • David Kelly, MBIE
  • Nicholas Hill, BOINZ
  • Geoff Hallam, IANZ
  • Pieter Burghout, CIC
  • Francis Sullivan, LGNZ
  • Simon Pickford, NPDC
  • Peter Laurenson, QLDC 
  • Adam Thornton, IPENZ
  • Derek Bradley, Compusoft
  • Adam Thornton, SESOC & IPENZ

 

5.15pm

HEARING COMPLETE