The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) says it is no longer investigating Alan Reay, whose company designed the fatally flawed building, because he is no longer a member. Alan Reay Consultants designed the building which collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake, killing 115 people.
Ipenz said on Tuesday that, after taking legal advice, it is no longer investigating Dr Alan Reay. He resigned his membership in February this year and the institute no longer has the authority to investigate his professional work.
But the lawyer for some families, Nigel Hampton, QC, believes that sends the message that professional engineers can avoid their obligations and said Ipenz obviously has a constitution that has been drawn far too narrowly. Mr Hampton said the decision is disappointing, but not a surprise.
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