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Brown Bag Resilience Series: Insurance, Government and Disasters - 12 September 2019

Presented by David Middleton from Kestrel Group

Insurance is in the spotlight as rarely before after featuring largely in the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes. Insurance companies are reassessing their risk from further earthquake claims and insurance is becoming very expensive for home and business owners in the centre of the country. Some are wondering whether to go uninsured.

This talk will look at the nature of insurance, why it struggles to provide affordable cover for disaster events and what a government can do to maintain New Zealand’s exceptionally high dependence on insurance for financial recovery from disasters. At the centre of this debate is our national scheme, administered by the Earthquake Commission, but it needs to be updated if it is to remain an effective tool for providing affordable insurance for homeowners.

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Brown Bag Resilience Series: Resilience National Science Challenge – the next five years - 14 August 2019

Presented by Dr Richard Smith from GNS Science Te Pū Ao (Director - Resilience to Nature’s Challenges)

The Resilience Challenge – Kia Manawaroa - Ngā Ākina o Te Au Tūroa - is one of eleven National Science Challenges, established in 2014 with the aim of tackling the biggest science-based issues and opportunities facing New Zealand. The Challenges bring together the country’s top scientists to work collaboratively across disciplines, institutions and borders to achieve their objectives.

The objective of the Resilience Challenge is to develop and apply new scientific solutions to support the transformation of New Zealand’s approach to disaster risk management and resilience

The Resilience Challenge is embarking on its the second five-year phase, with an expanded programme of research focused on creating new tools for quantifying multi-hazard risk and the social and economic impacts of natural hazards, and its application for decision making and action.

This presentation provided a brief overview of research highlights from the first phase, outline the research programme for phase 2, and explore opportunities for partnership

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Brown Bag Resilience Series: Investing in community resilience in the Wellington region - 4 July 2019

Presented by Ainslie Ryder, Wellingtion Region Emergency Management Office

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Brown Bag Resilience Series: Engaging with communities for climate change adaptation - 7 June 2019

Presented by Associate Professor Janet Stephenson (Director, Centre for Sustainability) and Dr Sophie Bond, University of Otago, and Dr Gradon Diprose (Researcher Environmental Social Science) at Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

To ensure successful adaptation in the face of climate change, local authorities need new tools and ways of engaging with affected communities, and to support adaptation initiatives by iwi and communities. We discuss challenges expressed by councils as they start to engage with communities exposed to sea level rise and flooding, and ways forward suggested by our research. We draw from our case studies in Hutt Valley and Dunedin which suggest that communities and iwi are already developing their own collective responses. We also share findings from research with community members who are more susceptible to harm, to ensure they are not further marginalised by adaptation processes.

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Brown Bag Resilience Series: Climate Change, Flood Risk and Policy Setting: Tales from the UK - 15 May 2019

Presented by Rob Deakin (Resilience Manager at Land Information New Zealand) and Andrew Jackson (Consulting Jackson)

The UK has been assessing flood risk at a national scale since the mid-1990’s, and accounting for the impacts of climate change within these since 2001. Quantification of risk, and the incorporation of this within benefit / cost analysis at a national level, led to significant increased funding from HM Treasury for greater investment in flood risk management.

The evidence provided by a strong science-based approach to evaluating the impacts of climate change on flood risk formed the basis for the development of new UK Government policies tackling adaptation and mitigation. As New Zealand moves towards its first National Climate Change Risk Assessment and to implement its National Disaster Resilience Strategy there are some lessons that can be learned from the UK’s approach.

This presentation demonstrated what’s possible when a nation takes a consistent approach to risk assessment, and how powerful a national view of risk can be in driving policy and high-level investment decisions. It also highlighted the role of consistent national geographic datasets, and how incremental improvements in data quality and data availability supports improved approaches to modelling and mapping risk.

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Presentation 1 by Rob Deakin (PDF 5MB)

Presentation 2 by Andrew Jackson (PDF 2MB)


Brown Bag Resilience Series: Exploring approaches to natural hazard readiness - 11 April 2019

Presented by David Johnston, QuakeCoRE Deputy Director, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University.

Countries around the world are facing an ever-increasing risk from hazards posed by natural processes such as earthquakes, wildfire, floods and cyclones. This has prompted a substantial body of research into several aspects of disaster risk reduction (DRR). This talk outlines various approaches being undertaken in New Zealand and other countries to prepare for future disasters and examine the effectiveness of such measures.

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Brown Bag Resilience Series: The Kaikōura Earthquake and Transport Resilience – 14 March 2019

Resilience of Transportation Systems to Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards

Presented by Doug Mason (WSP-Opus)

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Main North Line Resilience – Experience from the Kaikōura Earthquake

Presented by Daniel Headifen (KiwiRail)

Presentation slides will be online when available 


Smart Cities, Data Analysis and the Digital Agenda for Cities - 12 March 2019

Presented by Dr Adam Dennett, Head of Department at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London.

Presented at a meeting of the Social Services Sector Geospatial Group hosted by the NZ Ministry of Health.

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Brown Bag Resilience Series: Resilience and Iwi/Hapū Management Plans - 13 Feb 2019

Hosted by Land Information New Zealand and the Ministry of Transport. Presented by Wendy Saunders (Senior Natural Hazards Planner) and Lucy Kaiser (Māori Social Scientist) from GNS Science Te Pū Ao.

  • Iwi/Hapū Management Plans (IHMPs) have a role in natural hazard management.
  • Legislative documents under the Resource Management Act 1991 are highly valued by iwi/hapū and are a key resource for policy makers, scientists, researchers.
  • This presentation provided an overview of IHMPs; key findings from a Bay of Plenty pilot study of their development and implementation.

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Last Updated: 18 September 2019