Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Sir Michael Cullen takes up role as EQC Board Chair

2 November 2018

Sir Michael Cullen has officially started as the new Board Chair of the Earthquake Commission.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the Board, management and the teams across EQC in my new role.

“I have joined EQC as the organisation continues to undergo a great deal of change and is also making a great deal of progress in settling claims for people across the country.

“Overall, the number of unresolved Canterbury claims continues to reduce and settlement times are improving. We are also close to completing the programme of claims lodged with EQC for the Kaikoura earthquake.

“This means we have the capacity to focus on working with our partners to develop our readiness to respond to future natural disasters and support research and public education.”

Sir Michael acknowledged that there is still work to do in settling Canterbury claims and improving EQC’s claim management processes.

“EQC is continuing to implement the recommendations that were made in the Independent Ministerial Advisor’s report and this is a key focus for the Board, management and our staff.

“This work has enabled the organisation to focus on the changes needed to develop and improve the service and communication that we are providing to claimants. A recent KPMG audit of the IMA recommendations confirmed that those that EQC had responsibility for have been met, and are monitored for effectiveness.”

Sir Michael paid tribute to Dame Annette King for leading EQC over the past six months.

“I would like to thank Dame Annette for her time and contribution as interim Board Chair. She has supported the changes this year and the efforts of the teams to ensure that claims are being settled efficiently and so New Zealanders can recover after natural disasters.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Worksafe’s Whakaari/White Island Prosecutions Are Good News

Somewhere in Heaven, Helen Kelly must be smiling about Worksafe’s criminal prosecution of 10 firms and three individuals for their roles in the lead up to the Whakaari /White Island tragedy. In tandem with the subsequent coronial inquest, these court proceedings will hopefully culminate in the creation ( finally!) of a central agency to regulate the adventure tourism sector and improve public safety on matters like risk assessment, safety guidelines, inspection, enforcement and injury reporting... More>>


Carbon Neutral Policy: Gov Declares Climate Emergency

The Government has launched a major new initiative to combat climate change that will require the public sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. More>>


Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>


WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>


Tax: Government Fulfils Election Undertaking On New Top Tax Rate

The Government will today keep its election promise to put in place a new top tax rate of 39 per cent on income earned over $180,000. More>>


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels