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June 2018 issue – Culture Programme

Feature: Wellington resilience

In this issue we learn about the Culture programme’s work in our hazard-vulnerable capital city. The 2016 Kaikōura quake served as a wake-up call for many Wellingtonians, and researchers have conducted a number of surveys after the event to better understand how people reacted and were affected by the event. The team has also been looking into the development of resilience indicators using stakeholder perspectives, as well as investigating whether knowing what others thought of earthquake strengthening altered your opinion of the activity. 

In addition to this, the newsletter also includes findings from a study looking at public response to the recently release Project AF8 videos, and another exploring the role of social media in community natural hazard resilience. There’s also a story on using Minecraft and LEGO to get kids involved in Disaster Risk Reduction, and another talking about how Petone and Eastbourne residents reacted to the potential tsunami threat after the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake. 

We also hear from Culture programme PhD students Marion Tan, Lauren Vinnell and Lisa McLaren.


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May 2018

Programme spotlight: Edge

Feature: Living at the Edge

The Edge programme’s feature story outlines the work that resulted in their winning the inaugural Terry Healy Coastal Project Award from the New Zealand Coastal Society. The newsletter also includes findings from a survey the team carried out that investigated how Hawke’s Bay residents think coastal hazards in the region should be managed, as well as insights into the work the team is doing around co-creation and managed retreat. We also hear from Edge programme PhD students Laura Robichaux and Ashton Eaves.

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April 2018

Programme spotlight: Infrastructure

Feature: Electricity

In this issue’s feature story we learn about the challenges faced when trying to keep the electricity on during and after a natural hazard event. The infrastructure programme also outlines work into Auckland’s ability to evacuate if a volcano erupts, understanding network interdependencies in a natural hazard event and the state of our country’s stopbanks. We also hear from PhD student Xavier Bellagamba about his work exploring the resilience of our urban water supply systems to earthquakes. 

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March 2018

Programme spotlight: Rural

Feature: Project AF8

The Rural team talk about thier work with Project AF8 in this issue’s feature story, and how an Alpine Fault earthquake might impact New Zealand. The issue also profiles Tyler Barton’s work around New Zealand’s disaster risk responses, provides an insight into the programme’s systematic review of rural resilience and a story about the research being done a year after the Port Hills Fires. We also hear from Rural programme PhD student Alistair Davies and Master’s student Kristie-Lee Thomas about their theses. 

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