As a nation that faces a wide variety of natural hazards, collaborating and sharing our knowledge, experiences and resources, will be key in enhancing our resilience.
As part of the Resilient Auckland Communities project, researchers have been working with Auckland Council on a project focusing on Pacific peoples.
Jake has recently finished his master’s thesis, which focused on developing a set of best practice guidelines for developing levels of disaster preparedness in metropolitan settings
Small businesses in the hospitality industry play a vital role in New Zealand’s economy. Researchers have been investigating how to enhance their resilience.
Our researchers have found that they might be less prepared than you’d expect.
Heiman, one of our PhD students at The University of Auckland, is assessing Auckland’s disaster resilience based on the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Civil infrastructure firms fix our roads, power lines and sewers after natural hazard events like earthquakes. Their services are vital to our recovery after an event, but how resilient are the businesses themselves?
Sam is using his engineering expertise to investigate how decisions around physical reconstruction after a natural hazard event affect the overall recovery process of horizontal infrastructure in New Zealand.
Church, Community and Beyond: Effective Disaster Risk Communication with and for Pacific People in Auckland
Disaster messaging is only effective if embraced by the population it is intended for.
Rob is using modelling tools to figure how Auckland’s population can grow in a resilient and risk-mitigating way.
These places of worship might have a role to play before, during and after a natural disaster for South East Asian communities.
Nicha, a master’s student in our Urban programme, is exploring the diverse ways people with different backgrounds prepare and cope with disasters.
Understanding how the people of Petone and Eastbourne responded to the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake and subsequent tsunami warning
Citizen scientists surveyed Lower Hutt residents to find out what they did after the 2016 Kaikōura quake.
Can our capital cope with a natural disaster? Our researchers have been surveying Wellingtonians to find out how resilient the city’s residents are.
Creating a video to communicate a complex scientific issue isn’t easy. Our team evaluates the recent Project AF8 video series to gain insight into what works and what doesn’t.
Lisa’s PhD research aims to analyse how citizen science can be used as a tool by coastal communities to increase their resilience to High Impact Weather.
Social media not only keeps us up to date with the latest memes, it might also be helping communities to be more resilient to natural hazards.
Children own valuable knowledge about hazards such as floods or earthquakes in their local area, but they are vulnerable so we instinctively want to protect them and not involve them in DRR.
Marion’s thesis explores the usability of disaster apps. She’s advocating for the responsible design of apps that are meant to be used during high-stress disaster situations.
The Edge project is a unique example in New Zealand of researchers becoming embedded in an existing local government decision-making process.
One of the major challenges in coastal resilience planning is trying to ensure that adaptation pathways are both effective and well-suited to the coastal communities that they will impact.
Low-lying coastal communities around New Zealand will need to start embracing managed retreat as climate change and sea-level rise continue to encroach on and erode our coasts.
Growing up in Lower Hutt, PhD student Lauren Vinnell was well aware of Wellingon’s vulnerability to natural hazards. But she was also aware of how many people in the area were unprepared for a hazard event like an earthquake or tsunami.
Ashton is working to figure out how society can reduce the risk of coastal hazards and adapt to a changing climate.
Edge team researchers surveyed Hawke’s Bay residents to find out what they value most about the coast, and how they think coastal hazards should be managed.
Edge programme PhD student Laura Robichaux grew up in South Louisiana in the United States, surrounded by the benefits and risks inherent to coastal living.
A new collaborative research programme aims to better understand and compare the characteristics of stopbank networks across New Zealand.
Students in Hawke’s Bay have been using two popular children’s pastimes to help their community become more prepared for an emergency.
New Zealand’s Alpine Fault is expected to produce a magnitude 8 earthquake in future, which will widely impact the South Island and lower North Island.
We rely on infrastructure networks every day. They provide us with essential services like electricity and water as well as transportation and waste collection, and these networks are reliant on each other too.
From high-impact weather events, to seismic and volcanic risks, coastal erosion and other processes – there is a lot that can and does affect one of our primary economic drivers, and the people and communities who call it home.
We live in a risky environment. New Zealand experiences wildfires, floods, landslides and earthquakes far too frequently. But are we aware of the risks, and how prepared are we to reduce their impact and cope with a disaster?
Rural New Zealand has specific needs and challenges in the face of natural hazards, which are often not adequately addressed in current responses and management plans. Tyler Barton, a PhD student at the University of Canterbury, aims to address this issue.
We assume that electricity will be available when we want to use it, but what if an earthquake, storm or volcanic eruption hits and a blackout follows?
It is only a matter of time before another volcano erupts in Auckland’s Volcanic Field.
Xavier is a keen rock-climber, tramper, skier and one of the PhD students in our Infrastructure team.
The Rural programme aimed to find out what we know, what we don’t know, and what we need to know about rural resilience in NZ in order to ensure that the work we do fills critical gaps in our understanding.
A group of year 13 classes from Napier Girls’ High School had a classroom session on coastal hazards, coastal hazard management and how to measure coastal processes.
Alistair’s research focuses on increasing the resilience of potentially-isolated communities like Kaikōura and Franz Josef.
Kristie-Lee grew up in the Chatham Islands, and her research project focuses on fostering community-led action to reduce tsunami impact there.
If you had asked the population of Christchurch which major disaster they feared most on 12 February 2017 the majority would have answered earthquakes or flooding. Wildfire would have been the last thing on the city’s collective mind.