Quake victim legal help refusal 'unfair'

2:51 pm on 18 July 2011

The families of some Christchurch earthquake victims say they're disappointed the Government is refusing to help them with legal representation at the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the tragedy.

The commission will investigate the failure of some buildings during the 22 February earthquake.

Dr Maan Alkaisi, who lost his wife when the CTV building collapsed, is co-chair of Quake Families which represents relatives of some of the victims.

The University of Canterbury associate professor says the group asked the Government to help provide legal support during the inquiry, for example to ensure the families' questions are addressed and to check legal documentation.

Dr Alkaisi says it's unfair of the Government to refuse, saying those most affected by the tragedy - the families - will be the only group not represented by lawyers at the inquiry.

The Attorney-General's spokesperson could not immediately be contacted by Radio New Zealand for comment.