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Te Huarere me te Ahi Pūkākā

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Programme Leader(s)

Vision

To make Aotearoa New Zealand more resilient to high impact weather and wildfire.

Programme description

Aotearoa New Zealand is vulnerable to high impact weather events. Such events have caused over $4 billion in damage during the past 20 years. The cost is not only financial; people have lost their lives, homes, businesses, and Māori cultural heritage sites have been damaged or destroyed. Climate change is steadily increasing the severity and frequency of these extreme weather events.

We aim to use recent advances in computer modelling to give land-use planners, emergency response managers and affected communities the information they need to plan for and mitigate high impact weather events.

To do this, we are working with stakeholders and partners in central and local government, utilities providers, and hapū and iwi to:

  • develop detailed datasets of the impact of past extreme weather events
  • use the latest generation of computer modelling to quantify the impacts of three extreme weather scenarios (an ex-tropical cyclone hitting northern Aotearoa New Zealand, a severe winter storm in the south, and a wildfire at a Central Otago subdivision)
  • research in detail how best to protect our electricity grid, transport network and other key infrastructure from high impact weather
  • develop an online decision-support tool with Māori communities to enable mitigation measures for high impact weather
  • research how best to communicate about high impact weather events to support effective decisions.

Our research will make Aotearoa New Zealand more resilient to the rising risk of extreme weather and wildfire by helping our stakeholders and partners protect lives, infrastructure, property, and cultural heritage.

Wawata

Kia manawaroa ake a Aotearoa i te huarere taikaha me te ahi pūkākā.

Whakaahuatanga papatono

He whakaraerae a Aotearoa ki te huarere taikaha. Nui ake i te $4 piriona te nui o te whakamōtī i ngā tau 20 ki muri. Ehara i te mea he moni noa iho te utu; engari kua ngaro atu te tangata, ngā kāinga, ngā pakihi, ā, kua whakamōtī ngā wāhi tuku iho a te Māori. Nā te āhuarangi hurihuri i piki haere te kaha me te putanga o te huarere taikaha.

Kei te whai mātou ki te whakamahi i ngā kōkiritanga whakatauira ā-rorohiko hei tuku mōhiohio ki ngā kaiwhakamahere whakamahinga-whenua, ngā kaiwhakahaere urupare ohotata me ngā hapori whaipānga kia pai ai tā rātou whakamahere, me te whakamauru i ngā pāpātanga nui o te huarere.

Hei whakatutuki i tēnei, kei te mahi tahi mātou ki te hunga whaipānga me ngā hoa mahi o te kāwanatanga ā-motu, ā-rohe hoki, ngā ratonga tūāpapa, ngā hapū me ngā iwi ki te:

  • whakawhanake taipitopito huinga raraunga mō te pāpātanga o te huarere taikaha i mua
  • whakamahi i ngā whakatauira ā-rorohiko taumata hou hei ine i te nui o ngā papātanga o ētahi tūāhua huarere taikaha e toru (he haumātakataka muri-pārūrū ka tau ki te raki o Aotearoa, he āwhā takurua taikaha i te tonga, me tētahi ahi pūkākā i tētahi wāwāhanga i te takiwā i waengapū o Ōtākou)
  • āta rangahau me pēhea e whakahaumaru i tō tātou whatunga hiko, te whatunga waka kawe me ētahi atu tūāhanga matua i ngā huarere taikaha
  • whakawhanake i tētahi rauemi tautoko-whakataunga tuihono kia āhei ai ngā hapori Māori ki te whakamauru i te pāpātanga o te huarere taikaha
  • whakawhanake i ētahi atu rautaki whakawhitiwhiti kōrero pai mō te huarere taikaha me te ahi pūkākā.

Mā ā mātou rangahau e manawaroa ake ai a Aoteroa ki te pikinga o te tūraru o te huarere taikaha me te ahi pūkākā mā te āwhina i te hunga whaipānga me ngā hoa mahi ki te whakahaumaru i te tangata, te tūāhanga, ngā rawa me ngā taonga tuku iho ā-ahurea.

Questions we’re answering

1
What are the likely impacts caused by extreme weather in Aotearoa New Zealand?
04 Weather Project 01
Active

Very High Resolution Future Case Studies

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2
How can our strategically important infrastructure networks be protected from extreme weather?
04 Weather Project 02
Active

Performance and Management of Infrastructure Networks

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3
How can we enable Māori kaitiaki to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather on their communities and heritage sites?
04 Weather Project 03 Correct
Active

Better Protection of Māori Cultural Footprints

Kia pai ake te tiaki i te taiao ahurea Māori i te huarere taikaha

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4
What are the best ways to communicate weather & wildfire information to those who need it?
04 Weather Project 03
Active

Improving the Communication of Weather and Wildfire Information

Te whakapai ake i te tuku mōhiohio mō te huarere me te ahi pūkākā

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Research Team

Richard Turner
NIWA
Sally Potter
GNS Science
Liam Wotherspoon
The University of Auckland
Peter Cenek
WSP
Richard Flay
The University of Auckland
Sylvia Tapuke
Ngāti Haka-Patuheuheu
Scion
Asaad Shamseldin
The University of Auckland
Kaley Crawford-Flett
University of Canterbury
Nick Locke
WSP
Ilze Pretorius
Scion
Simon Wegner
Scion
Stuart Moore
NIWA
Nirmal Nair
The University of Auckland
Lisa Langer
Scion
Andrea Wolter
GNS Science
Sara Harrison
GNS Science
Daniel Smith
The University of Auckland
PhD Student
Muizz Shah
The University of Auckland
PhD Student
Lakshita Lakshita
The University of Auckland
PhD Student
Thomas Wallace
University of Canterbury
PhD Student
Fahad Al-Riyami
The University of Auckland
PhD Student

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