Joint RNC Urban – QuakeCORE Wānanga

Field trip attendees listening to a talk outside buildings in Ōtautahi Christchurch

14 December 2023

The inaugural joint research wānanga of the Resilience Challenge Urban Programme and QuakeCoRE took place on 15-16 November in Ōtautahi Christchurch, with a theme of ‘long-term recovery’.

On day one, more than 20 core researchers joined the humanitarian engineer Matthew Hughes from the University of Canterbury and Joseph Hullen of Ngāi Tahu for a guided bus tour and walk around some significantly impacted sites from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Significant emphasis was placed on the integral role of humanity, ecosystems, and biodiversity in the recovery plan and development.

On day two, there were four panels with 4-5 presenters giving 5-minute presentations, followed by discussion:

  • Recovery
  • Smart Urban Resilience
  • Urban Planning
  • Inclusive Resilience

This roundtable format stimulated lots of interesting discussion and debate on topics of recovery, urban planning, technologies and communities. Also, the former mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel, delivered a keynote speech sharing her insights on lessons learned from the 2011 earthquake. It is hoped that the connections established at the event will assist in developing future collaborations between QuakeCoRE and the wider resilience research community in 2024 and beyond.

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