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Storm highlights deficiencies in Auckland businesses resilience

Researchers have found that Auckland businesses are vulnerable to infrastructure loss caused by natural hazard events, with over three-quarters unable to function when water, communication or electricity was lost in this year’s storm in April. On 10 April 2018 Auckland was hit by a severe storm, with heavy rain causing flooding, and winds of up […]

Type and timing of insurance pay-outs

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. The 2011 Canterbury Earthquake was the most insured earthquake in the world, with 98% of Christchurch properties being insured when it occurred. Yet the public’s view of the way […]

Tsunami preparedness in the Chatham Islands

Tsunami preparedness in the Chatham Islands

15 August 2018 Māori oral histories reveal previously undocumented insights into the devastating tsunami on the Chatham Islands, 150 years after the event.   On August 15th, 1868 the Chatham Islands were hit by three large tsunami waves, generated by a magnitude 8.5-9.0 earthquake off Arica (then in Peru, now in northern Chile). Waves of […]

DIVE Platform

DIVE Platform

Researchers have launched a new platform that will help researchers make better use of New Zealand’s Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience data. The collaborative team of researchers, funded by Resilience to Nature’s Challenges Kia manawaroa – Ngā Ākina o Te Ao Tūroa and QuakeCoRE – New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience, developed the platform after […]

Kaikōura tsunami evacuation

Kaikōura tsunami evacuation

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near the coast of Kaikōura on November 14, 2016 was one of the largest recorded in Aotearoa New Zealand history. The shake was felt throughout the country, impacting many communities with widespread disruption. One of the major threats immediately after such an earthquake is potential for a tsunami. With […]

Resilience Challenge gets the green light

Resilience Challenge gets the green light

Photo Above: From left – GNS Science Director James Johnston, Massey University Vice-Chancellor Steve Maharey, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, Assistant Vice-Chancellor Research at Massey University and Interim Governance Chair Brigid Heywood, and GNS Science Acting Chief Executive Kevin Faure at the launch of the Resilience Challenge in Wellington this week. Photo – Margaret […]

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