On 4 September, the Wellington High Court heard the request for a judicial review of the complaint against Dr Alan Reay, who owned the firm that designed the CTV Building that killed 115 people when it collapsed in the Christchurch Earthquake.

Engineering New Zealand Chief Executive Dr Richard Templer says, “Today, the High Court has dismissed the request for a judicial review. We are greatly encouraged by the Court’s decision.

“The reality is it’s been 12 years since the Christchurch Earthquake, whereby 115 people tragically lost their lives when the CTV Building collapsed. People are looking for answers and this decision confirms this complaint must be allowed to continue through the normal process and be heard by a Disciplinary Committee from the profession.

“We’ll be looking to progress that hearing as quickly as possible.”

Notes to reporters

Engineering New Zealand is New Zealand's professional body for engineers, with some 22,000 members. We represent – and regulate – our members. We also act as the Registration Authority for Chartered Professional Engineers.

Disciplinary Committees can make orders under the membership rules and disciplinary regulations in effect at the time the complaint was raised. The maximum fine that can be imposed is $5,000 under the membership rules that applied at that time. This maximum was increased to $10,000 in 2020.

See the timeline of the complaint against Dr Alan Reay.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Lachlan McKenzie on 021 479 885.