CTV victims' families to meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Christchurch

The CTV building collapsed in the February 22 earthquake killing 115 people.
The CTV building collapsed in the February 22 earthquake killing 115 people. Photo credit: Getty

Families of the victims of the CTV building collapse will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Christchurch today.

One hundred and fifteen people were killed, including 65 foreign students, when the building collapsed after the February 22, 2011 earthquake. It accounted for the bulk of the quake's 185 deaths.

Ms Ardern will meet the victims' families, who are hopeful she will launch a review of the police decision not to prosecute over the collapse of the building.

Police announced in December they would not be prosecuting the engineers responsible for the building, saying they were unlikely to get convictions.

Family spokesman Maan Alkais told the AM Show he wants a judicial review of the police decision and support from the government financially, legally and any technical advice that can be sought. 

"We've been working for the past seven years driving all these investigations and following up and chasing this and that to get some results, it is really not fair for us the families to do all this work."

It was a chance for the government to take some initiative and lead an investigation for the families who lost their loved ones, he says.  

Karen Selway, who lost her sister when the building collapsed, says an investigation would be a continuation of the process that was put in place by police. 

She says there were critical issues police did not consider, which should be reviewed. 

The families met with Justice Minister Andrew Little in December, who at the time said he had asked officials to look at introducing a corporate manslaughter law following the police decision not to prosecute.

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