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Briefing to the Incoming Minister, December 2017


This is the Earthquake Commission's (EQC) Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM), October 2017. It provides the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission with information on:

a.   decisions and actions required over the next three months;

b.   key issues and priorities for EQC;

c.   EQC’s role as a Crown Agent, and the roles and responsibilities of EQC and the responsible Minister;

d.   EQC’s response to the 2010 – 2011 Canterbury earthquakes and 14 November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, including progress to date, work still to do and lessons learnt; and

e.   an introduction to EQC’s other strategic priorities:

  • EQC underpins an efficient insurance market in New Zealand;
  • EQC is a leader for a risk aware New Zealand; and
  • EQC has an operating model that makes us easy to do business with.

Information on EQC’s role, functions and operating environment is provided in Annex one of the BIM.  Annex two lists legislation relevant to EQC; Annex three outlines the key legal decisions or cases since the Canterbury earthquake; Annex four illustrates EQC’s insurance cover; Annex five lists EQC’s current Board members; and Annex six outlines EQC’s Executive Leadership Team.

This BIM is proactively released with some information contained within the BIM withheld under:

  • section 9(2)(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act (the Act): “[to] protect information where the making available of the information— would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information”;
  • section 9(2)(f)(iv) of the Act: “[to] maintain the constitutional conventions for the time being which protect— the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials”; and
  • section 9(2)(j) of the Act: [to] enable a Minister of the Crown or any department or organisation holding the information to carry on, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations (including commercial and industrial negotiations).”


Briefing to the Incoming Minister 2017 (PDF, 3 MB)


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