Survivors of the Canterbury Television building collapse will share their stories on the first day of an eight-week royal commission hearing.
The CTV building collapsed during last February's earthquake, killing 115 people. The hearing starts today, and will be opened by commission lawyer Stephen Mills, QC.
Mr Mills will be followed by seven people who were in the building when the earthquake hit, including Relationship Services counsellors Nilgun Kulpe and Liz Cammock, who were in a meeting on the fifth floor.
Kendyll Mitchell, who was at a counselling session with her children when the quake struck, will also speak.
She will be followed by Pip Lee, a receptionist at general practice The Clinic who was the only staff member pulled alive from the rubble.
King's Education staff members Ron Godkin and Margaret Aydon and CTV receptionist Mary-Ann Jackson will also give statements at the hearing.
More than 80 witnesses will be called during the hearing, which will cover the initial building consent issued by the Christchurch City Council, the construction and design, identification of a structural weakness in 1990 and the assessment after the September 4 and Boxing Day quakes in 2010.
The commission has until November 12 to complete its work.
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