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EQC inquiry calls for submissions

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Earthquake Commission (EQC) public inquiry chairman Silvia Cartwright has called for submissions on ways to improve the state-owned insurer’s response to natural disasters.

“I am aware that strong views about EQC have been expressed in public discussion,” she said.

“I want to hear a range of views before formulating any opinions or recommendations. I come to this inquiry with no preconceived ideas.”

The EQC inquiry is mainly focused on lessons from the Canterbury earthquakes, while also welcoming input on experiences following subsequent events.

The inquiry, which is seeking views from organisations and the public, will provide an interim report by the end of June and is due to deliver its findings later this year.

“My commitment is that I will do my best to bring about improved experiences for claimants and others dealing with EQC in future,” Ms Cartwright said.

Written submissions are open until May 19. More details are available here.