It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Dr Nigel Priestley, who was most well-known for his leadership of the investigation of the Canterbury Television (CTV) building collapse.

Priestley gave evidence to the Canterbury earthquakes Royal Commission and chaired a panel that examined the collapse of the CTV and Pyne Gould Corporation buildings, and damage to the Forsyth Barr building and the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

In recognition of his contribution, Priestley was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit this year. He said at the time that his biggest contribution to the field was in the best way to design structures for earthquake response.

Nigel was a keynote speaker at the inaugural HERA-organised Pacific Structural Steel Conference in Auckland in 1986, and presented a paper on Seismic Design of Steel Storage Tanks for which he was the principal author.

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