Media releases and news items



Insurance Business Mag: How insurance payouts contributed to Canterbury recovery

19 September 2018

Research findings from Victoria University and Economics Toolbox scientist Professor Ilan Noy on the impact of insurance on recovery after the Canterbury quakes. 



Stuff: Research finds cash settlements better for economic recovery following Christchurch earthquakes

18 September 2018

Professor Ilan Noy talks about his research investigating the role of insurance in economic recovery after the 2010/11 Canterbury earthquakes. 



NZ Herald: Late payment as helpful as no insurance – lessons from Canterbury quakes

17 September 2018

Economics Toolbox scientist Professor Ilan Noy talks about his research, and the surprising finding that getting a delayed payment from an insurer resulted in the same recovery for a business as those with no insurance.



Media release: Type and timing of insurance pay-outs after the Canterbury earthquakes were significant in the recovery of residential areas and businesses

17 September 2018

Research into Earthquake Commission insurance pay-outs after the Canterbury earthquakes shows that their type and timing affected whether residential areas and businesses were able to recover.



Radio NZ interview: Māori oral histories used for Chathams’ tsunami preparedness

20 August 2018

Rural programme master’s graduate Kristie-Lee Thomas speaks about her research using Māori oral histories for tsunami preparedness on the Chatham Islands.



Media release: Tsunami preparedness in the Chatham Islands 150 years after the devastating South American event

15 August 2018

Māori oral histories reveal previously undocumented insights into the devastating tsunami on the Chatham Islands, 150 years after the event.



Radio NZ: In case of emergency: Children map community using Lego and Minecraft

5 August 2018

Researcher Nickola Loodin shares insight into her work on including children in disaster planning.



Prevention Web: Identifying vulnerabilities and enhancing the resilience of Auckland’s hospitality businesses

27 July 2018

Small businesses in the hospitality industry play a vital role in New Zealand’s economy.



NZ Herald: Auckland could get just five days’ warning of eruption

27 July 2018

Professor Shane Cronin shares his volcanology expertise in a story about the amount of warning Auckland might get before an eruption.



PreventionWeb: Auckland emergency management: Working with Auckland’s Pacific Peoples

27 July 2018

Auckland is home to the largest Pasifika population in the world. Pacific peoples make up 15% of Auckland’s population, but generally have very little awareness of hazards in the Auckland region.



PreventionWeb: The role of Buddhist pagodas in Auckland’s natural disaster preparedness, response and recovery

19 July 2018

Investigating how places of worship could help increase resilience of South East Asian communities in Auckland. 



Media release: DIVE Platform – the key to New Zealand’s exciting resilience innovations

10 July 2018

Researchers have launched a new platform that will help researchers make better use of New Zealand’s Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience data.



Prevention Web: Are Wellingtonians prepared for a natural hazard event?

6 July 2018

Wellington has long been regarded as a city vulnerable to natural hazards, but knowledge of the earthquake hazard doesn’t always translate into preparedness and resilience in local residents.



RadioLIVE interview: The Carrington Effect 

24 June 2018

In 1859 we experienced a solar flare hot enough to melt telegraph wires. Infrastructure programme researcher Nirmal Nair talks about what might happen if we had one today.



NZ Herald: Researchers concerned at Hutt Valley suburbs’ post-quake confusion

21 June 2018

A new Wellington study has highlighted the confusion that followed the Kaikōura Earthquake, with only a third of people in tsunami-threatened Petone and Eastbourne evacuating to higher ground within the recommended 10 minutes.



Media release:  Tsunami evacuation after the Kaikōura Earthquake: Understanding community behaviour in Petone and Eastbourne

21 June 2018

Research into tsunami evacuation after the Kaikōura earthquake found that Lower Hutt residents were confused about whether they should evacuate, and evacuated slowly, if at all.



NZ Herald: Researchers prepare for Alpine Fault black-out

18 June 2018

A catastrophic Alpine Fault earthquake could leave the South Island’s West Coast cut off from the main grid for many weeks – and now researchers have begun exploring how the region could survive by itself.



NZ Geographic feature: Ready Or Not

January 2018

We know that we should be prepared for a natural disaster, but what about those who can’t afford an earthquake kit, or aren’t physically able to move to higher ground in case of a tsunami?



NZ Herald: Future New Zealand- On the frontline in the Anthropocene

10 November 2016

Prof Bruce Glavovic featured in the NZ Herald, talking about collaborative efforts to address coastal hazards risk including the multi-partner Hawkes Bay Coastal Hazards Strategy 2120.



Media release:  Resilience Challenge gets the green light

1 July 2015

The Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge was formally launched this week ushering in a collaborative and holistic approach to dealing with natural hazards in New Zealand.