Data and decision making in the transport system following the Kaikōura earthquake

Liam Wotherspoon, Daniel Blake, Margaret Trotter, Vivienne Ivory, Joanne Stevenson

National Science Challenges: Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, July 2018


Large amounts of information and data relating to the transport system were produced, managed, analysed, and communicated following the 14 November 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.

This report summarises the key findings of a stakeholder workshop and series of interviews, outlining what information was available and useful, where it came from, how it was transferred between organisations, and how data might be managed and used in transport system monitoring to improve resilience in the future.

This report captures common themes of participants’ experiences rather than prescribed formal response and recovery structures. The results capture insights into how the system did function, rather than the system as it was intended to function. The workshop and interviews were designed to include as many participants from across the transport system as possible, from those responsible for transport policy to organisations and industries affected by transport disruptions caused by the Kaikōura earthquake.

The report is not intended as a comprehensive review of New Zealand’s crisis management system or incident command procedures, and we acknowledge that there are extensive efforts elsewhere to ensure that New Zealand lifeline utilities manage information to facilitate post-disaster outcomes.

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