Our latest news, June 2024

It’s difficult to believe that we are already halfway through 2024!  Take a look at what we've been busy with in recent months.

We wish you a lovely celebration of Matariki!


Managing seismic risk with our guide for commercial tenants

This new resource is designed to help commercial building tenants better understand different aspects of seismic risk and whether the expected seismic performance of the building is right for their organisation.

It is part of the MBIE Seismic Risk Series.

A big thanks to all who contributed their knowledge to this resource, particularly our colleagues at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (Emma Hudson-Doyle, Julia Becker, and Catalina Miranda), MBIE, and BRANZ.

📄Download the guide


Building seismically resilient buildings

The Resilient Buildings Project was recently showcased in Metropol Magazine.

New Zealanders don't just expect buildings to protect them in an earthquake, but also to be operational as soon as possible afterwards.

This is out of sync with current building regulatory settings for most of the buildings we live, work, and play in. It's important that societal expectations of buildings and tolerance to disruption are reflected in our approaches to designing new buildings.
That doesn't have to mean significant costs either! In some cases, the cost of increasing the seismic resilience of new buildings is minimal (<1% construction cost), as a result of using new innovations and simple design, while avoiding more fragile designs.

Check out our full project findings

📖 Read the Metropol article


Combining data and lessons learned to support critical infrastructure recovery decisions

The 2023 North Island Extreme Weather Events caused significant damage to infrastructure systems, leaving some communities without essential services for weeks.

With funding from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, as part of the Extreme Weather Science Response initiative, we developed a set of policy briefs to support critical infrastructure recovery.

While the briefs were developed in response to the 2023 events, their findings will be valuable in support of future hazard events and critical infrastructure recovery programmes.

Download the Policy Briefs

Emergency response and recovery masterclasses

Learn new tools and build your knowledge and capabilities as an emergency management leader with RRANZ's highly interactive evidence-based online masterclasses delivered via Zoom over two 3-hours sessions.

Upcoming masterclasses

  • Response and recovery decision-making under pressure | 12/13 Nov 2024
  • Facilitating successful debriefs |  21/22 Nov 2024
  • Leading in a multi-agency response and recovery environment | 3/4 Dec 2024

Find out more & enrol online


Current projects we are working on
Exploring how claimant demographics and community context affect insurance outcomes

We are currently exploring differences between the behaviours and experiences of claimants in different community settings and demographic groups. The work builds on our previous research into the impacts of cash settlement on housing quality and claimant wellbeing following the 2016 Kaikōura/Hurunui earthquake.

If you were involved in the claim settlement and repair process in the Wellington region following the 2016 earthquake, we want to hear about your experiences. Email cameron.eade@resorgs.org.nz.

This research is funded by the Toka Tū Ake EQC Biennial grant.


Let’s talk about risk tolerance

How much risk is a community willing to bear? That’s a tricky question to ask. But an important one to ask if you want to ensure we manage the risks that are most impactful to our communities.

In support of EQC Toka Tū Ake’s Risk Tolerance Methodology framework, the Let's Talk About Risk team, including ResOrgs, is exploring how to have conversations with communities about risk tolerance and, in turn, how to use this information in decision making processes. We’ll be taking our findings and creating some practical resources for practitioners.

If you have experience talking to communities about risk tolerance and would like to share them with the project team, please get in touch, email charlotte.brown@resorgs.org.nz.


ResOrgs team update

Our whānau has grown with ResOrgs' Administrator, Lucy Gawn and her family welcoming a baby girl earlier this month.

With Lucy on parental leave, we welcome Emma Scott to our team in a temporary role. It's great to see the RRANZ programme ticking along in Emma's experienced and capable hands.

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