News and insights

Keep up-to-date with our latest news, publications, projects, and other interesting and useful insights into resilience.

Do communities have the same risk priorities? What impacts a community’s risk tolerance?

May 24, 2022

Communities have many competing priorities – of which seismic resilience is just one. Understanding a community’s risk tolerance is helpful when planning and prioritising risk mitigation.

How quickly do communities want different types of buildings to be available after an earthquake? 

May 18, 2022

Our current engineering standards focus on the structural response to an earthquake. For most buildings there is little consideration of whether a building can function after a significant earthquake or how long it might take to recover, if damaged.

What do New Zealanders want from their buildings?

May 10, 2022

Is keeping people safe (life safety) the only thing we require of our buildings following a major earthquake? Our current building code focuses on preserving life and making sure critical emergency response facilities are operational. But participants in our study indicated that while life safety remains the most important focus, having a building stock that can enable social and economic recovery is an increasing priority.

Which buildings do we want to be the most ‘life safe’?

May 4, 2022

Currently in New Zealand we require buildings with post earthquake functions (like hospitals), and large buildings (like stadiums) to be built stronger than others. But is that in line with current societal expectations? We explored this question with participants in our recent EQC funded, NZSEE Resilient Buildings Project.

New research published on societal expectations for seismic performance of buildings

April 13, 2022

A research report, ‘Societal expectations for seismic performance of buildings’, has just been released. The report is about what New Zealanders think about buildings’ performance in the event of earthquakes. The research was commissioned by the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE), funded by EQC, and we carried it with the University of Auckland.

RiskNZ Excellence Awards for Earthquake Prone Building project

March 31, 2022

We are really thrilled this project has been recognised in the RiskNZ Awards, winning both the Risk Initiative of the Year and Stronger Together in Partnership awards.

Looking beyond COVID-19 – what does recovery look like for your organisation?

March 1, 2022

There is a mantra in emergency management that recovery starts in response. But what does that mean as we continue our response to COVID-19? It’s time that organisations really start thinking about what recovery looks like from this very long event.

Remembering the Canterbury earthquakes

February 22, 2022

On 22nd February every year we remember the tragic earthquake that struck the city of Christchurch, New Zealand and all those lives lost, individuals, communities and business directly and indirectly affected. We also reflect on how far our understanding of disaster recovery has come. We’re resharing the ten key lessons we have learnt through research and working with organisations to build their resilience.

New Publication in IJDRR

January 13, 2022

Our paper “Is health and safety legislation an effective tool for disaster risk reduction? A case study from New Zealand” is now published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

Earthquake risk reduction behaviors project  poster

December 20, 2021

Our EQC funded project investigating whether the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) has a role in how New Zealand organisations manage earthquake risk was also presented at the virtual 2021 Te Hiranga Ru QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting.

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