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CAROLINE KING
Last updated 12:00 16/08/2012

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An inquest into the deaths that occurred as a result of the CTV building's collapse will start again at the end of October.

Coroner Gordon Matenga will conduct the inquest into the deaths of all who died in the CTV building, with emphasis on six victims.

The inquest will start in Christchurch on October 29 and run for two weeks, then reconvene for a final week at the beginning of December.

It follows an inquest held last year that looked at the circumstances surrounding the deaths of all who died in the CTV building collapse. This was adjourned in September last year, pending further investigation, but no ruling has yet been released.

"The inquest will focus on the circumstances around the six tragic deaths of those who were known to have been alive for a period of time after the building collapsed but were unable to be rescued," the coroner said.

"It will not look at any of the matters currently subject to the royal commission of inquiry into the collapse of the building."

A meeting will be held on September 7 to allow survivors and families of victims to informally discuss the inquest.

Counsel assisting the coroner will attend to answer questions and explain the process.

Letters advising of the meeting were sent last week.

However, as some contact details of intended recipients may have changed, those wishing to attend who have not received a letter should get in touch with the Hamilton coroner's office.

The office can be reached on (07) 834 1755 or email csu.hamilton@justice.govt.nz.

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