Commission hands over first of quake building findings

9:44 pm on 10 October 2012

The Government has been handed a report on buildings that partially collapsed causing 42 of the 185 deaths in the February 2011 earthquake.

The report by the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission deals with unreinforced masonry buildings and a further report on the Canterbury Television building will be released in November.

A spokesperson for the commission says the findings recommend law changes to minimise the threat quake-prone buildings pose to the public during tremors and the changes will have implications for the whole country.

Attorney-General Chris Finlayson says the Government will now consider the report.

He has not given a timeframe for when the Government will make the findings public, or when it will decide on its response.