Impact case studies for 2019-20


 2019-20 was a testing year for Aotearoa New Zealand, involving several significant natural hazard events followed by a pandemic. The Resilience Challenge has been able to demonstrate value in a range of ways, from supporting the direct input of science into decision-making during emergencies, through to working with communities to build resilience, and delivering timely research that was taken up in policy. 



Responsive science for national emergencies


In 2019-20, through an eruption, flooding and a pandemic, we’ve been able to add significant value by linking and coordinating across the science system, supporting the direct input of science into decision-making during emergencies.

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Partnership as the pathway to impact 

Interdisciplinary science is an approach well suited to natural hazards research. Multiple perspectives and diverse knowledge must be integrated to facilitate change and achieve impact. In 2019-20, we have been able to work across boundaries and organisations to improve resilience at a local and national level.  

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Science for resilience policy and practice


In 2019-20 we saw examples of direct application of our research into policy and practice, including recommendations for reducing climate change risk to existing communities, a methodology for planning the retreat of coastal infrastructure, and better integration of iwi and hapū mātauranga into natural hazard planning.

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Models and tools for decision-making


Central to the Challenge delivering on our mission to accelerate natural hazard resilience is the development of new models and methodologies to quantify hazards and impacts in more realistic way, providing better assessments of resilience options to decision makers. The Resilience Challenge is driving meaningful enhancements and innovations in this area.

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