Government Inquiry into the Response to the North Island Severe Weather Events

About the Inquiry

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Minutes from the Inquiry (25 August 2023):

Procedural Minute 1: Information Gathering and Meetings procedure (PDF, 163KB)

Procedural Minute 2: Inquiry Records (PDF, 174KB)


Focus of the Inquiry

The purpose of the inquiry is to ensure that the design of New Zealand’s emergency management system is appropriate to support readiness for, and responses to, future emergency events (landslides, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic activity, floods, and storms) by identifying lessons from the 2023 North Island severe weather events.

Terms of Reference

Establishment of the Government Inquiry Into the Response to the North Island Severe Weather Events - New Zealand Gazette

Members of the Inquiry

The four members are Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO KStJ (Chair), John Ombler CNZM QSO, Rangimarie Hunia and Julie Greene

Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM QSO KStJ

Sir Jerry has 50 years of public service experience with 39 years as an officer in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), including 15 years in senior leadership roles, culminating as Chief of Defence Force (2006-2011).

Sir Jerry has also been:

  • the Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (2011)
  • 20th Governor-General of New Zealand (2011-2016)
  • 27th New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (2017-2020).

John Ombler CNZM QSO

John is a career public servant whose numerous roles have included: Deputy State Services Commissioner, CEO of the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), and one of the Controllers of the all-of-government response during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also worked for over 20 years at the Department of Conservation.

As part of his previous review experience, John has conducted an inquiry into financial irregularities at the Waikato District Health Board and carried out an investigation into the actions and statements of a former Treasury chief executive.

Rangimarie Hunia (Ngāti Whātua)

Rangimarie is based in Auckland and the Director, Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd (trading as Moana NZ), since 2021. Moana NZ is 100% Iwi owned and is the largest Māori-owned kaimoana (seafood) and kai ora (ready to eat meals) company in Aotearoa that was borne from the Māori fisheries settlement.

Previously she was Chief Executive, Ngāti Whātua Orakei Whai Maia, 2016 – 2022.

Among Rangimarie’s governance roles, she is Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana’s (a charitable trust working for the collective interests of 58 iwi organisations in fishing and fisheries-related activities) Board of Directors and Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust (promoting Māori education, training, and research), a Director of Moana New Zealand, and is on the Advisory Committee for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

Julie Greene

Julie is based in the Hawke’s Bay and has strong experience and connections with the production and rural sector. She was a senior manager at Heinz Watties for over a decade and is currently Director of Graham Greene Limited, which owns interests in several Fruit Intellectual Property companies in China and New Zealand.

Julie has a background in marketing, communications, funding, and sales in the horticulture industry. Julie is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Contact the Inquiry

A secretariat is being established by the Department of Internal Affairs to support the Inquiry, and it is expected that the Inquiry will make announcements about their plans in the coming months.

In the interim, any inquiries should be directed to

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