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Societal Highlights 2014-15




This theme has participated in nationally significant projects funded out of the Canterbury Earthquake Research Programme, in addition to the efforts of researchers at GNS Science, Opus Research and Resilient Organisations in helping Christchurch and Wellington join the 100 Resilient Cities network. Earlier in the year, New Zealand's disaster risk reduction efforts and achievements were highlighted at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan. 

Lessons Learned from Christchurch.

Understanding Factors that build Iwi resilience (Project leader: Christine Kenney).  Research findings have shown that the Māori community-led response to the Canterbury earthquakes constituted best practice in disaster risk reduction in the five priority areas outlined in the Hyogo Framework for Action. At the local level approximately 4% of the population provided material, social and financial support to 20,000 households. The 12 Ngāi Tahu marae located in Canterbury were able to feed and accommodate approximately 1,000 individuals, situating the marae as an important emergency management resource. A nationalised Ngāi Tahu-led Māori Recovery Network also linked with mainstream emergency managers, government agencies and other responders to ensure resources and support were inclusive and accessible to the culturally diverse communities of Christchurch. Findings have supported Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu’s statutory governance role in the Christchurch recovery programme (CERA, 2011) and are informing disaster risk management planning and policy development by local and central government  (♦ Link).

Canterbury Wellbeing Index (Project leaders: Jane Morgan, CERA and David Johnston).  The sixth CERA Wellbeing Survey was released in August 2015.  These surveys have influenced recovery programmes led by Government, and are considered a world-first exemplar as post-disaster recovery indicators (♦ Link).     

In other areas of research, Resilient Organisations (ResOrgs)  also made inroads internationally, having provided advice to the Australian Attorney General’s office and being named a Key Resilience Partner.  One of their key outreach materials (‘Shut Happens’ booklet) has  been translated into other languages.  In mid 2014, ResOrgs organised three workshops in celebration of its10th anniversary as a research group.  The “Resilience Opportunities Workshops”  were attended by 200 participants at venues in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

Read more from the Societal Resilience theme in Natural Hazards 2014, including - 'Residential Plan Draws Upon Opus' Findings' (♦ Link).

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Last updated 20 Jan 2016