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2/3/2018 — General
EQC’s interim chairwoman

The Government has appointed a former high-ranking Labour MP Dame Annette King as interim chair of the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Radio New Zealand said this came after departing head of EQC Sir Maarten Wevers resigned on Friday after receiving a letter from the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Megan Woods, expressing her displeasure with the performance.

Customs head Christine Stevenson has also been appointed as an independent ministerial adviser tasked with speeding up Canterbury EQC claims.

Radio NZ said that seven years on from the Canterbury earthquakes there are still 2,600 claims unresolved.

Minister Woods said that figure was not good enough and the new appointments would work on a plan to speed up the settlement process for the outstanding claims.

She expected to get reports back within the next four to six weeks.

Source: radionz.co.nz

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Dame Annette King. Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King, Radio NZ.