The royal commission of inquiry into the Canterbury
earthquakes has been completed today, with the third and
final part of its report handed to the governor-general.
The commission, chaired by High Court judge Justice Mark
Cooper, was established more than 20 months ago.
It heard months of evidence, taking testimony from dozens of
witnesses, including bereaved family members, building
collapse survivors, engineers, architects, designers,
contractors, academics and civil servants.
The governor-general will pass the third part of the report
to the Government, which will decide how and when it is
The full report is seven volumes. The final part is three
volumes on the collapse of the CTV building, which was
addressed in eight weeks of hearings.
It also deals with roles and responsibilities in the building
sector, including the assessment of buildings after
earthquakes, the training of civil engineers and the
organisation and regulation of the engineering profession,
the building consent process and local government management
of earthquake risk.
The commission does not determine legal rights and
liabilities and its recommendations are not binding.
In a statement released today, the commission said it would
not be commenting on the contents of the report.
The commission delivered part one of its final report - three
volumes covering the collapse of the PGC building in which 18
people died and 70 technical recommendations - in June.
It was released by the Government on August 23.
Part two was delivered on October 10 and has not yet been