ResOrgs 2023 in review


The impacts of cash settlement on housing quality and claimant wellbeing

In June, we released our Toka Tū Ake EQC-funded research reviewing the 2016 Kaikōura/Hurunui earthquake insurance claim and residential repair process.

It showed that, generally, cash settlement is an effective and preferred tool for homeowners. However, the nature of an event and the communities impacted will likely influence whether cash settlement is a good model for settling claims and/or whether alternative options are needed.

📑Read our research findings


Improving New Zealand’s emergency management capability

With the increase in emergency events during 2023, there has been a surge of interest in building emergency and crisis management capability.

A record number of participants participated in the RRANZ response and recovery leadership programme.

It has also been great working with several organisations keen to ensure their crisis readiness, emergency management capability, and business continuity arrangements are in place.

It was also a pleasure to work with Napier City Council to review their emergency response to Cyclone Gabrielle. The Council’s genuine willingness to understand the dynamics of their response, and desire to make changes to ensure these lessons are addressed, is encouraging. Read the report

Upcoming in 2024 ...

Here are a few things things to keep an eye out for from the ResOrgs team in 2024.

  • Seismic risk guidance for commercial building tenants
  • Let’s Talk About Risk project continuing
  • A review of climate change impacts on freight in NZ
  • A full 2024 calendar of RRANZ response and recovery leadership courses and new courses in the offering later in the year.


Framework for designing community engagement around natural hazard and climate change risk

The Let’s Talk About Risk project team released this framework in October. It was developed through expert elicitation from practitioners across the motu.

It aims to help practitioners design an engagement approach based on the engagement purpose and the community and hazard context. It also provides practical advice on how this context might shape engagement methods and the make-up of the engagement team.

📑Download the framework


Engaging communities on climate risk

We continue to proudly support Buller District Council, Nelson City Council, and Tasman District Council in their journeys toward considering and addressing climate change impacts in their regions.

While this is not easy work, we applaud the courage of all councils who are stepping up and working with their communities to ensure we address these issues, even when the pathway is not clear.


Comings and goings in the ResOrgs team

In June, we welcomed Lucy Gawn to the team. Lucy does a wonderful job administrating the RRANZ programme.

In November, we farewelled Sophie Horsfall. We thank Sophie for all her hard work and exceptional contributions over the past four years and wish her all the best in her new role.

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