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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Earthquake Royal Commission – Roles and Responsibilities

The Royal Commission published a discussion paper on Roles and Responsibilities (here) and called for submissions. The summary of the discussion paper reads:

This paper presents key issues that are faced by central and local government, and the building and construction industry, when developing and enforcing legal and best practice requirements for buildings in earthquake events. The paper looks at systemic issues that have appeared to date in the course of the Inquiry, and asks for further information and views on these. Issues relating to the policy and legislative settings for earthquake-prone buildings are not addressed in this paper as submissions and a hearing on this matter are completed.

The Commission has now released the submissions received from various bodies. Some local authorities have made submissions (click on the name to go to that submission). Wellington City Council in particular have made some interesting points about the inadequacies of both recent law changes and the accountability of construction industry participants.

Christchurch City Council

Environment Canterbury

Queenstown Lakes District Council

Waimakariri District Council

Wellington City Council

All of the submissions can be found by going to the document library (here) and selecting “Roles and Responsibilities”.

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