The Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission has confirmed dates for its hearings through until the end of March 2012. It is also in discussion with the Government about an extension to its final reporting date.
The Commission’s terms of reference require it to deliver a final report to the Governor-General by 11 April 2012. However the Commission is seeking an extension to allow sufficient time to complete its hearings programme and prepare its final report.
The inquiry, which began in May 2011, has been progressing well. However the Commission is seeking the extension due to unexpected delays in receiving key evidence, some of the public hearings taking longer than anticipated and the sheer breadth of the inquiry.
The hearings schedule for January to March is as follows:
17-18 January Hotel Grand Chancellor
23 January 116 Lichfield Street (Ruben Blades)
24 January 89/89A, 91 & 93 Cashel Street (Cashel Mall)
25 January 194 Hereford Street (Joe’s Garage)
26 January 200-204 Manchester Street (Iconic Bar)
30 January 32 Cathedral Square (The Press)
31 January 309 Durham Street (Methodist Church)
1-2 February 603 & 605-613 Colombo Street
13 February 595 & 595A Colombo Street
14 February 601/601A Colombo Street
15 February 194 Gloucester Street
16 February 382 Colombo Street
23-24 February Forsyth Barr
27 February 43 Lichfield Street
28 February 265-271 Manchester Street (173 Gloucester Street)
29 February 753-759 Colombo Street
1 March 738 Colombo Street
12-15 March New building technologies
26-28 March The training of engineers and organisation of the engineering profession
After that, the Commission plans to hold hearings about the CTV building; building assessments after earthquakes; and the regulatory framework (including building codes and design rules). The date of these hearings will be established once the Government has made a decision on the request for an extension of time.
Because the hearing about the training of engineers has been moved from February to March, the Commission has extended the submission deadline to 31 January.
The timetables for next week’s hearings are now available on the Commission’s website.
Point of Clarification
As part of the ongoing inquiry, the Commission periodically holds public hearings on matters of particular public interest and/or that require further clarification. The Commission continues its inquiry regardless of whether hearings are currently being held. It is misleading to report the Commission is “resuming” when a public hearing begins and similarly that the inquiry has “adjourned” when a hearing has been completed.