Reay in­quiry to be re­opened

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL -

CHRISTCHURCH: En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand says it will re­open an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into com­plaints made against Alan Reay, fol­low­ing a High Court rul­ing yesterday.

The com­plaint against Mr Reay, the engi­neer re­spon­si­ble for the Can­ter­bury Tele­vi­sion (CTV) Build­ing, was made by Michael Stan­nard, who was then the Min­istry of Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Em­ploy­ment’s chief engi­neer.

The High Court has found En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand has ju­ris­dic­tion to in­ves­ti­gate, hear and de­ter­mine the com­plaint.

The CTV Build­ing col­lapsed in the 2011 Christchurch earth­quake, killing 115 peo­ple.

En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand later be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mr Reay, but halted its in­ves­ti­ga­tion when he re­signed his mem­ber­ship in Fe­bru­ary 2014.

While Mr Reay’s res­ig­na­tion meant the in­sti­tu­tion would not be able to ex­pel him, the court con­cluded there might be ‘‘valu­able lessons to be learnt from an as­sess­ment of his pro­fes­sional re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in re­la­tion to the col­lapse of the CTV Build­ing that could only be re­solved through a dis­ci­plinary process’’.

En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand said it would re­open an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the com­plaints against Mr Reay.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Free­man­Greene said her thoughts yesterday were with those who lost loved ones in the CTV Build­ing tragedy.

‘‘We stopped our in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2014 be­cause Dr Reay had re­signed as a mem­ber. We ap­pre­ci­ate the court’s di­rec­tion that our de­ci­sion was wrong.’’ — RNZ

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