The Resilience Challenge mission to accelerate our resilience to natural hazards is more urgent than ever.
We have collated our relevant research together in one place, to provide guidance to agencies and organisations involved in the recovery, and knowledge and tools to support our collective resilience-building so we are better prepared for the next big storm.
We will continue to add resources to this section as we develop them. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact us and we’ll see if we can help.
Challenge Director Richard Smith discusses how the many previous decisions we make as a society determine whether a natural hazard event turns into a disaster.
Guidance for researchers, scientists, and engineers collecting data in disaster-impacted areas, especially if interacting directly with affected communities.
Our Weather & Wildfire researchers Dr Richard Turner (NIWA) and social scientists Dr Sally Potter and Dr Sara Harrison (GNS Science) introduce impact-based weather warnings.
Build Magazine article explaining impact-based weather warnings and how their incorporation of community exposure and vulnerability make severe weather warnings more useful for decision-making.
What are the challenges and benefits of implementing impact-based forecast and warning systems? We asked participants from New Zealand and international agencies to find out.
There is a growing need for vulnerability and exposure data to inform impact-based forecasts and warnings, especially for social and health impacts, not just infrastructure.
Associate Professor Murray Ford of the University of Auckland shares the changes seen pre- and post-Cyclone Gabrielle as his team maps Aotearoa's changing shoreline.
View digitised coastlines from our Changing Shoreline project team, based on aerial photographs and high resolution satellite imagery taken prior to Cyclone Gabrielle, and after.
We've helped GNS Science develop a new landslides modelling tool that was used in the response phase to Cyclone Gabrielle.
In this op-ed from The Conversation, Raven Cretney, Iain White and Christina Hanna of the University of Waikato share their latest research on managed retreat.
Jamie Morton of NZ Herald speaks to three of our key research leaders about lessons from recent extreme weather events in the North Island.
Dr Christina Hanna talked to Herald science reporter Jamie Morton about the inevitability of moving our most vulnerable communities out of harm's way.
In Build Magazine, Sylvia Allan, Larissa Clarke and Dr Judy Lawrence discuss the barriers and opportunities to enable adaptation to coastal flooding and erosion.
Reducing coastal exposure and vulnerability requires a transformation in the development and delivery of climate services, and an understanding of the decision-making and policy context.
Can these networks continue to be adapted/protected over time to retain Levels of Service, or will retreat eventually be the only viable adaptation option?
Of nearly 800 marae situated across Aotearoa, 80% are built on low-lying coastal land or flood-prone rivers, but moving away is a tough proposition.
This report outlines how to use Iwi and Hapū Management Plans - a useful starting point to inform research and engagement with iwi and hapū.…
Drawing upon case studies from Aotearoa and Fiji, the authors outline how indigenous disaster risk reduction knowledge and practices can complement Western scientific knowledge.
Challenge-funded student Akuhata Bailey-Winiata outlines his research examining the exposure of coastal marae and urupā to sea-level rise.
An overview of our research to build resilience across New Zealand's vertical infrastructure (buildings) and horizontal infrastructure (utility networks).
Researchers explore critical infrastructure challenges and impacts, service disruptions, and community adaptations in the small rural town of Waiau following the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.
How did the transport system respond following the Kaikōura earthquake, and how did information flow and feed into in post-disaster decision making?
This paper examines the response and early recovery phases during the first 100 days following the Kaikōura earthquake, and highlights lessons for transportation system resilience.
This paper provides a framework for business recovery to support policy-makers to anticipate business recovery needs in economically disruptive events, including disasters.
Researchers explore the significance of emerging agrifood tourism initiatives for fostering diversity, enhancing connectivity, and building resilience in Kaikōura and North Canterbury post-quake.
This research critically analyses the process and stages of recovery for the Kaikōura tourism industry, with lessons for other rural tourist destinations facing natural hazard risk.
A research team is investigating the impacts of disasters on vulnerable lives, including homeless people, low socio-economic renters, migrant communities and people who inject drugs.
This study looks at the experience of people who inject drugs on the West Coast to understand how disasters impact their access to safe equipment.
Researchers recommend new approaches to engaging with communities exposed to natural hazard risks, to enable successful adaptation.