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Call for EOI: Resilient Rural Communities Programme Co-Leader

Call for EOI: Resilient Rural Communities Programme Co-Leader Aerial image of a rural setting showing mountains, fields, roads and farm buildings.

A co-leadership position has recently become vacant in our Resilient Rural Communities programme and we invite expressions of interest to fill the role. Potential candidates will be evaluated by a panel of Resilience Challenge representatives who will then put forward a recommendation to the Resilience Challenge Governance Group to make the appointment. Aotearoa New Zealand’s […]

Ash Samples Provide Vital Information For Volcanic Eruption Response

Ash Samples Provide Vital Information For Volcanic Eruption Response

By Jenny Stein Following a volcanic eruption, local communities understandably have more pressing concerns than ensuring a sample of ash gets sent to a lab. But that sample will provide crucial insight into the extent and types of hazards people will be exposed to in the eruption aftermath. Carol Stewart is a researcher with the […]

New Poster Series To Help Build Resilience in Taranaki

New Poster Series To Help Build Resilience in Taranaki A poster about lahars from Taranaki Maunga; one of six posters in the series. Credit: TEMO

By Jenny Stein Last month the Taranaki Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Office (TEMO) published a series of posters about volcanic processes associated with Taranaki Maunga. With contributions from Resilience Challenge researchers and funding from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), GNS Science, and the Transitioning Taranaki to a Volcanic Future Endeavour Project, the […]

Get gone?

Get gone? March 5 2021 earthquake Geonet felt report map

Evacuation behaviour of Wellington residents following the 5 March 2021 East Cape earthquake By Dr Lauren Vinnell The early morning East Cape earthquake on the 5th of March 2021, was felt along the length of Aotearoa. Over 50,000 reports of shaking were submitted to GeoNet, reaching from Doubtless Bay to Invercargill. A team of researchers […]

Seismic Design of Buildings: Historical Developments and New Horizons

Seismic Design of Buildings: Historical Developments and New Horizons 1570133891450 beatrice tinsley low

In October 2021, our Built Environment co-leader Prof Tim Sullivan of the University of Canterbury gave a keynote presentation (online) at the 1st International Conference On Recent Advances In Civil And Earthquake Engineering, in Peshawar, Pakistan. Tim provided a historical review of the way seismic design methods for buildings have evolved, identifying the key changes […]

Involving citizens in the science of weather

Involving citizens in the science of weather

New WMO Citizen Science guidance released By Dr Marion Tan New Zealand based researchers – including RNC affiliated researchers – play an active role in international projects including the global High Impact Weather (HIWeather) project. Dr Marion Tan (Massey University) led a working group of scientists to develop the HIWeather Citizen Science Guidance Note for […]

‘Where oh where is the data?’

‘Where oh where is the data?’

Identifying data sources for hydrometeorological impact forecasts and warnings in Aotearoa New Zealand By Sara Harrison Severe weather warnings help us to prepare and take action to protect ourselves and our properties from the impacts of these hazards. Notable historic events both within and outside of Aotearoa New Zealand have revealed gaps in how these […]

Director’s Update: Progress on our Te Tiriti commitments

Director’s Update: Progress on our Te Tiriti commitments 09 Whanake Project 03

Progress on our Te Tiriti and mātauranga and kaupapa Māori research commitments By Richard Smith, Kaiwhakahaere matua The National Science Challenges were established in 2014, founded on a unique combination of key principles, including the advancement of mātauranga Māori and a focus on Māori involvement. The Resilience Challenge is relatively early in its journey towards […]

AF8 Roadshow 2021: The Science Beneath Our Feet

AF8 Roadshow 2021: The Science Beneath Our Feet

We can’t predict earthquakes, but we can prepare for them. The AF8 Roadshow: The Science Beneath Our Feet shares Alpine Fault hazard science and preparedness information with communities likely to be impacted by the next Alpine Fault earthquake. It is designed to enable conversations, activate local knowledge, and support informed decision-making to increase awareness of, […]

Modelling the social and economic impacts of a volcanic eruption in Auckland

Modelling the social and economic impacts of a volcanic eruption in Auckland Maungawhau Mt Eden from the air

By Robert Cardwell A research team led by University of Auckland PhD candidate and Market Economics researcher Robert Cardwell recently published new research on the simulation of economic and urban development recovery pathways following the eruption of a new volcano in the Auckland region. The research, published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, […]

Improving volcanic ballistic projectile hazard assessments

Improving volcanic ballistic projectile hazard assessments

By Dr Rebecca Fitzgerald Volcanic ballistic projectiles (VBPs) are fragments of solid rock or molten lava ejected out of a volcano in explosive eruptions. They are one of the most common causes of deaths and injuries on volcanoes, as they can travel up to hundreds of metres a second, range up to tens of metres […]

How iwi and hapū management plans can enhance the planning process

How iwi and hapū management plans can enhance the planning process Iwi And Hapu Management

By Gavin McCleave, science communications intern Research by Dr Wendy Saunders and Lucy Kaiser explores how iwi and hapū in the Bay of Plenty prepare and use iwi and hapū management plans (IHMPs), and how well councils and third parties use the IHMPs during planning processes. Their research looked at the extent to which natural […]

The growing wildfire risk at the urban margins

The growing wildfire risk at the urban margins

By Gavin McCleave, science communications intern Fires on the margins of urban areas in Aotearoa New Zealand have been relatively rare in the past but are becoming more common. Climate change is making the country hotter and drier, and land usage at the rural-urban interface (RUI) is rapidly changing as subdivisions are creating more than […]

Managed retreat – by whom and how?

Managed retreat – by whom and how?

By Gavin McCleave, science communications intern Many communities around Aotearoa New Zealand are faced with increasing risks from storm surges, flooding, rising sea levels, and the prospect of being forced to leave behind their homes, land and community. In recognition of this, the Government recently announced a new Climate Change Adaptation Act will form part […]

A legacy for Christchurch: Ten years since February 22 earthquake

A legacy for Christchurch: Ten years since February 22 earthquake

By Richard Smith, Resilience Challenge Director The ten-year anniversary of the February 22nd Christchurch earthquake will be stirring memories for many in Canterbury, and those affected around the country. We acknowledge those who suffered loss on that day, and the communities of the Canterbury region still dealing with damage, disruption, and change. For Aotearoa New […]

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