Former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and chairman of New Zealand Post, Sir Michael Cullen, has been appointed as new chairman of the Earthquake Commission (EQC).
Minister Megan Woods said: “EQC is facing a critical period in its history – rebuilding the Natural Disaster Fund after its depletion by the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes, planning for the organisation’s response to greater frequency of extreme weather events, and finishing the job of resolving outstanding claims.
“Sir Michael’s extensive financial and leadership experience will be hugely helpful as EQC navigates these challenges. Over his years of service to NZ Sir Michael has demonstrated a prodigious intelligence, far sighted strategic thinking and a commitment to helping people, which will serve the EQC well.
Dr Woods paid tribute to outgoing interim chairwoman Dame Annette King.
“With half of all the Canterbury claims the Commission had on hand in May now resolved, we have made good progress but there is more work to be done and I am confident in Sir Michael to complete the job,” Dr Woods said.