Managing Information and Data for a More Resilient New Zealand

Resilience to Nature's Challenges

Managing Information and Data for a More Resilient New Zealand

Resilient Organisations' researchers working on the Resilience to Nature's Challenge project have published a report on the Data Integration and Visualisation En Masse (DIVE) Platform: Lessons Learned and Future Pathways.

The Data Integration and Visualisation En Masse (DIVE) pilot project was funded by the NZ Centre for Earthquake Resilience (QuakeCoRE) and the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges (RNC) National Science Challenge – Kia manawaroa – Nā Ākina o Te Ao Tūroa, to improve researchers’ ability to address complex social problems, enabling New Zealand to become more resilient through data sharing, improved access to public data sources, and the analysis and visualisation of integrated data sets. Funding for the DIVE pilot project has now finished, and this report offers a final reflection on the lessons learned from the development and implementation of the DIVE Platform, and an exploration of future development pathways for collaborative management of DRR and resilience information in New Zealand.

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Supporting your team following the Christchurch mass tragedy

Supporting your team following the Christchurch mass tragedy

Bernard Walker, University of Canterbury

The mass tragedy in Christchurch affects many people. The injured and deceased are part of our Canterbury community. Some are work colleagues, and others are friends and family of workers. Most workplaces are affected.

The events bring a wide range of emotions, including anger, grief, loss, and deep sadness. At times people have strong emotions, while others can feel numb and switch off.

Anxiety also increases. Members of the ethnic groups at the centre of the events are experiencing a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. The wider community can also have a heightened sense of anxiety.

There can be changes in how individuals think about life, and how safe we feel.  These are major changes, and it will take time for people to come to terms with them.

Employers and leaders have a challenging role in this situation. To assist, the Organisational Resilience Research team at the University of Canterbury have put together some key guidelines from local and international research.

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Thank you from the ResOrgs team

Thank you from the ResOrgs team

Friday’s events here in Christchurch have had a profound impact on all of New Zealand.  We echo the words of our mayor in expressing our disbelief that this could happen in New Zealand.   We are grieving alongside our community for all that we have lost.  We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for all the kind messages we have received, especially from those who are unfortunately more accustomed to these events.  We stand strong together.


Ellie Kay shortlisted for GRRN Young Researchers Award

Ellie Kay shortlisted for GRRN Young Researcher Award

Congratulations to Ellie Kay for being one of just five young researchers invited to compete for the Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) Young Researchers Award.

Ellie has been invited to attend the GRRN summit in Freiburg, Germany in April to present her research. The GRRN Young Researchers Trophy will be judged and awarded at the summit.

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Resilient Organizations now available in Italian and Chinese

Resilient Organizations book now available in Chinese and Italian versions

Erica Seville's book, Resilient Organisations: How to survive, thrive and create opportunities through crisis and change is now available in an Italian and Chinese version.

The Italian version is Organizzazioni resilienti: Come sopravvivere, propserare e creare opportunità al tempo della crisi (Italian Edition), published by Armando Editore and available to purchase through Amazon.

The Chinese version is 弹性组织: how to survive, thrive and create opportunities through crisis and change/(英)艾瑞卡·塞维利亚(Erica Seville), 钱峰, published by the People’s Oriental Publishing and Media; The Oriental Press. View publication details.

And for those wanting to purchase the English version, for New Zealand purchases it can be purchased online through our website or for international purchases via Amazon.

Expert Opinions on New Zealand Resilience Index

Resilience to Nature's Challenges

Expert opinions on the New Zealand Resilience Index

The Trajectories Toolbox of the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges Kia manawaroa – Ngā Ākina o Te Ao Tūroa National Science Challenge (RNC-NSC) has been working on the development of the New Zealand Resilience Index (NZRI), which measures place-based community resilience. The index uses a multi-capital model, including indicators of resilience in the built and natural environment, social, cultural, governance, and economic domains. However, some indicators of resilience may contribute more to the measurement of resilience outcomes than others. To understand this, we conducted an expert weighting exercise, eliciting the views of resilience and disaster risk reduction academics and practitioners working in New Zealand.

Indicators relating to the built environment were ranked as the most important, with building safety and functionality following a disruption weighted most highly (11.7%). This was closely followed by network infrastructure resilience (11.5%). Indicators related to social and human capital were also rated relatively high, with levels of community networks and sense of belonging and personal resilience capacities of individuals contributing 11.3% and 10.5% respectively. Indicators in the cultural and natural environment spaces were deemed as contributing less to resilience outcomes than built and social indicators. Experts weighted the item heritage and culture are valued and preserved as contributing the least (4.7%), followed by community access to shelters and welfare (5.3%), and availability of natural buffers (6.2%).


Table 1. Indicators and indicator weights following the expert weighting exercise.


Capital Indicator Part-worth utility
Built Buildings safety and functionality following a disruption* 11.7%
Built Network infrastructure resilience (roads, electricity, water and waste water) 11.5%
Social Levels of community networks and sense of belonging 11.3%
Social Personal resilience capacities of individuals (e.g., education, physical and mental wellbeing) 10.5%
Gov. Health system response capacity 8.9%
Econ. Household capacity to cope with economic disruption 8.9%
Gov. Quality of legislation and plans addressing hazards 8.0%
DRR Household emergency preparedness 6.7%
Econ. Economic diversity (businesses from several different sectors) 6.4%
Natural Availability of natural buffers (e.g., green space, undeveloped flood plains) 6.2%
DRR Community access to shelters and welfare centres* 5.3%
Culture Heritage and culture are valued and preserved 4.7%
* indicator not currently included in the NZRI due to a lack of nationally consistent data

Perhaps one of the more interesting weightings was the comparatively low level of importance given to community access to shelters and welfare centres. However, this could be explained by the higher rating of buildings safety and functionality following a disruption as arguably shelters are less likely to be needed if buildings are safe and functional following an event. It is a reactive rather than a preventative contributor to resilience capacities. The weights of all indicators included in the expert weighting exercise are outlined fully in Table 1.

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If you have any questions or comments about this bulletin please contact Dr Joanne Stevenson, [email protected].

Resilient Shift seeking new Global Director

Resilience Shift seeking new Global Director

The Resilience Shift is looking for a new Global Director in a role which promises to contribute towards a safer and better world, according to The Resilience Shift’s Acting Programme Director and Arup Fellow, Jo da Silva.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the right person who will genuinely be able to contribute towards a safer and better world by bringing the resilience of critical infrastructure into the forefront of innovative thinking, helping to shift thinking and practice worldwide,” she said.

The new Global Director will inspire and drive resilience thinking and practice in the planning, design and operation of critical infrastructure systems. They will help to raise the profile of The Resilience Shift, increase its influence, and set the agenda, vision, strategy and long-term direction of the programme.

For further information, see the job advertisement or email [email protected]. Please share with your professional networks as appropriate.

Farewell to Kaylene Sampson

Farewell to Kaylene Sampson

At the end of the year Res Orgs will be sadly saying goodbye to one of our Senior Research Consultants. Kaylene Sampson will be leaving us to follow her passion for education and take a position as Team Lead in the Learning Evaluation and Academic Development Unit at the University of Canterbury. Kaylene joined us in June 2017 and since then has contributed to a number of Res Orgs projects both here and abroad. We have hugely valued her contribution to our team and we know she will be missed by those she has worked with. We wish her well for this exciting new opportunity.

Honorary Fellowship award recognises New Zealand’s global leadership in resilience

Honorary Fellowship award recognises New Zealand’s global leadership in resilience

Last month, Resilient Organisations’ researcher Dr Erica Seville was awarded an Honorary Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), a prestigious award that recognises innovation at the forefront of organisational resilience globally.

The highest honour granted by the BCI, the honorary fellowship has only been gifted to 26 others since its inception in 1994, and this is the first time it has been awarded to a New Zealander. Recipients must be nominated by their peers for the award.

With Erica also being a Principal Investigator with QuakeCoRE, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence in earthquake resilience, it makes this honour quite special - demonstrating that New Zealand research is really helping organisations around the globe.

Business continuity and organisational resilience is a massive industry globally and the BCI has thousands of members from around the world. The award was presented at the BCI World Conference in London.

Although the award was granted to Dr Seville individually, she says it is a recognition of her entire team’s research excellence, and indeed of the research excellence and leadership of New Zealand in resilience globally.

This year also marks the first time a New Zealander, Glenn Redstall of Inland Revenue, has been appointed to the global Board of BCI.

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Research Consultant vacancy

Research Consultant vacancy

We are looking for a driven, open-minded person to join our team as a Research Consultant. This is a unique opportunity to join a growing business. You will be involved in a diverse range of research and consulting projects while contributing to the vision, strategy, and development of the business and pursuing your own resilience related projects.

About Us

Resilient Organisations is a niche research and consulting company that helps organisations, industries, and economies thrive in any environment. We specialise in developing and administering tools and strategies for decision making, resilience assessment, and education. As a social enterprise, we aim to maximise the positive social impact of our work.

What we do

Resilient Organisations provides a broad range of resilience consulting services to organisations as well as conducting resilience-related research. Please see our website to find out more.

How we do it

We are a small team who believe work should be fun. We operate a flexible working environment to promote wellbeing inside and outside of work. Our values are key to the way we operate. We work collaboratively within our team, and with our partners, clients, and funders to produce high quality, evidence-based outputs that make a difference.

The role

The main tasks will involve:

  • Co-creating innovative approaches to client and research problems
  • Liaising with clients and other stakeholders
  • Reading, analysing, and accurately synthesising complex material
  • Collecting data through interviews, surveys, and other means
  • Writing reports and articles for publication.

Skills and experience

You will need the ability to:

  • Present ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
  • Switch readily between working independently and collaboratively
  • Ask for help when needed and be comfortable contributing to group discussions
  • Switch readily between leading projects and supporting others
  • Demonstrate proficiency in managing your own time to ensure projects are completed on time
  • Effectively plan and maintain interest in long-term projects.

You will ideally possess:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., business, engineering, sociology, geography) and post-graduate qualification at the Masters or higher level from an accredited institution
  • A high level of proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Some familiarity with statistical analysis software (SPSS, R etc)
  • An ability to identify and select pragmatic solutions within constrained timeframes
  • Self-motivation and a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to [email protected] by 20 January 2019.

If you would like further information about the position or Resilient Organisations, contact Tracy Hatton on +64 (0) 21 160 7707.