"Highlighting the inadequacies of the way in which the earthquakes of 2010-2012 were handled by the insurance industry! "

WECAN Press Release and open letter

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During the past 2 days, IPENZ has been conducting a disciplinary inquiry into the conduct of one of its members, Graeme Robinson.  An Inquiry that has heard from victims of the Christchurch Earthquakes allegations of :

  • Verbal abuse,
  • Deliberate understatement of structural damage to their homes
  • And allegations those engineering reports’ attempted to diminish their claims by diverting attentions to claims of ‘Historical damage’, faulty workmanship or lack of maintenance.

The effect of the alleged conduct and reports has had a profound impact on the victims.

Our fourth years closes, and we continue to endure endless delays and no sight of resolve, many now living in unhealthy still insecure homes. Tears  are shed, stress levels and tensions elevated.

WECAN call on the Disciplinary Committee, to consider the true magnitude and effect of such alleged behaviour, and the adverse effect it has had on not only those who we see before us at this disciplinary hearing, but the many vulnerable in our community who are too scared to come forward, in fear that their claims will remain unresolved.

WECAN also call on the Disciplinary Committee, to act decisively and send a clear message to all other engineers involved in the Canterbury rebuild that such alleged behaviour will not be tolerated; not by IPENZ, and not by the Canterbury community.

On behalf of the victims of the Christchurch Earthquakes:

  • WECAN intends lodging an official complaint to CPENG, to request review of the content and structural investigative methodologies used in reports both produced and commissioned by EQC.
  • WECAN urges all victims of suspected sub-standard Earthquake related Engineers reports, which do not properly identify known structural damage, to also lodge claims with CPENG.
  • WECAN also calls on the Government to establish a formal commission of inquiry into the methodologies used, and credibility of all of these engineering reports and their contents.


Brent Cairns, Sarah O’Brien and the team at WECAN.

Author: Sarah-Alice Miles

Love to write, create and watch the clouds move across the sky - these days in the Netherlands. 'Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time'.

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