Subscriptions: RSSEmail

New Zealand: Christchurch earthquakes 2010-2011

Total number of news: 53

date: 15 June 2015
Source(s): New Zealand - government

Funding was announced today for a Natural Hazards Research Platform created by the Government for natural hazard research. It encompasses five themes – building geological hazard models; predicting weather flood and coastal hazards; developing regional and national risk evaluation models; improving societal resilience; and improving the resilience of buildings and infrastructure...

date: 10 June 2015
Source(s): New Zealand - government

'Over 95 per cent of HNZ’s properties were damaged in the earthquakes... The repair programme is enhancing the quality of existing state houses, and construction of 700 new homes is helping modernise social housing stock which will benefit tenants and their families for many years to come.’ said Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett...

date: 7 May 2015
Source(s): New Zealand Red Cross

Elizabeth McNaughton, Red Cross Strategy and Government Relations Manager who co-authored the book, says its motivation came from working during the Canterbury earthquakes. 'We realised nothing existed about leading while recovering from a disaster. Manuals for recovery programming and leadership in general abound. But leading in disaster recovery is a different experience'...

date: 26 February 2015
Source(s): University of Canterbury

'What any community needs to know is what the next disaster can do, and prepare by altering its behaviour so that when any disaster happens, the effects will be,' says University of Canterbury natural hazards researcher Professor Tim Davies. He will be speaking at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction...

date: 22 December 2014
Source(s): University of Canterbury

We found that overall organisations are recovering well from the Canterbury earthquakes. However, organisations have different capacities to respond and adapt to the challenges they face. Our report paints a high-level overview of some of the key findings from our preliminary analysis of the survey data...

date: 29 June 2014
Source(s): Emergency Management magazine

It is essential to have plans and processes in place before a natural disaster event. Who will make decisions? Which individuals and groups will have input? How will differences be resolved? These are big issues to be sure. It's better to start tackling them now when you don't have the pressures of catastrophic damages staring you in the face...


date: 3 June 2014
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific (UNISDR Pacific)

'We’re all in this together; we all suffer from natural hazards of one type or another and so international connectivity is crucial. For instance, we have all learnt from the Thai floods experience, the various disasters in the Pacific, and last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines. And indeed, the lessons from Christchurch have some relevance here in the rest of the Pacific'...

date: 18 April 2014
Source(s): Rockefeller Foundation, the

On the anniversary of the San Francisco earthquake, The Rockefeller Foundation reflects on what it means to recover from a shock and rebuild a stronger city—and what lessons we can learn from Resilient Cities that have risen from the ashes...

Christchurch earthquake demolition photo by flickr user Terry P, CC BY-NC 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22316166@N08/8415154627/

date: 17 September 2013
Source(s): University of Canterbury

'As part of this global project, EERI and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering are undertaking a study of the Christchurch recovery, particularly focused on understanding decisions relating to Christchurch building back better than before.' A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011...

 by Geof Wilson CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/geoftheref/5484491625

date: 21 June 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

As a keynote speaker at the recent 4th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, Mr Sutton said: 'Cranes and diggers are simply commodities and can be bought whereas institutions and good governance simply cannot be bought. When things turn to custard you need good governance'...

date: 22 May 2013
Source(s): Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), Australia - gov

'Cranes and bulldozers and diggers can be hired - they are really just commodities. Institutions and good governance can’t be bought. And when things are really turning to custard, you need strong institutions,' said Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive Roger Sutton in a speech to the 4th Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva, Switzerland, last night...

date: 21 May 2013
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'If a trillion dollars that are going to be invested in new cities, agribusiness and tourism and other sectors in the coming years are resilient, then disaster risk will go down. If they are not, it will go up, it's as simple as that,' said Andrew Maskrey of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)...

date: 1 May 2013
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Senior year law student at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and 2012 Young New Zealander of the Year, Sam Johnson wants to franchise his Volunteer Army Foundation model to mobilize a global youth movement that will advocate for resilient communities by promoting actions that reduce disaster risk...

date: 20 February 2013
Source(s): New Zealand Herald, the - APN Holdings NZ Limited

According to the report, when asked about positive outcomes arising from the earthquakes, 76 per cent of respondents had experienced pride in the ability to cope under difficult circumstances, 69 per cent increased resilience as a family...

 Photo by  © Christshurch City Libraries http://www.flickr.com/photos/christchurchcitylibraries/6851700574

date: 1 October 2012
Source(s): Wellington City Council, New Zealand - gov

'Over the next 10 years the Council will be focusing on strengthening more of our buildings, roads and water network. We also want to encourage Wellingtonians to think about what they can do at a household and community level,' said Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown...

 Photo by lannzstream CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hadevereux/4997771289

date: 14 June 2012
Source(s): Scoop Media Ltd

'Don't underestimate the ability of small businesses to adapt,' this was one of the most important messages regarding the small businesses' resilience following the Christchurch earthquakes, as told at the recent World Conference of the International Council for Small business in Wellington, New Zealand...

 Photo by  © Jerry Veasquez http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.4085050689097.170914.1367526219&type=3

date: 6 June 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP)

'Over 300 million people live in urban seismic zones around the world which are just as high-risk as Christchurch but without the advantage of New Zealand's very high rate of insurance coverage of about 90% which includes earthquake insurance and, uniquely, also covers land damage,' said the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction...

date: 28 March 2012
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

Despite immense insured losses of USD 116 billion (a 142% increase over the previous year) arising from record earthquake and flood losses, the insurance industry weathered the year well and played a key role in risk management and post-disaster recovery financing...

date: 26 March 2012
Source(s): Brookings Institution, the

The Brookings report found that 'In comparison with the previous decade, the number of disasters and the number of people affected by disasters in 2011 were both below average. But 2011 was the most expensive year in history in terms of disaster losses — primarily because of the $210 billion loss experienced by Japan'...

by Flickr user Julyinireland / Julie Laurent, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/julielaurent/6805342555/

date: 5 March 2012
Source(s): 3 News / TV3, MediaWorks TV

'New Zealand is well up there in terms of exactly taking these issues to heart and being prepared. Very good search and rescue standards, very good building codes,' said Jonathan Andrews from UNDP's Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery...

date: 20 February 2012
Source(s): Radio New Zealand International (RNZI)

The director of the natural hazards section of GNS Science, Kelvin Berryman said the research institute 'has learnt a few lessons from the earthquake, and if another disaster were to strike tomorrow, more effort would be put into making sure key messages were consistent'...

by Flickr user geoftheref / Geof Wilson, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/geoftheref/5484491625/

date: 17 February 2012
Source(s): Massey University

A Massey University/GNS Science Joint Centre for Disaster Research advisory group advocates for a 'strengths-based' approach to recovery after the Christchurch earthquakes and encourages agencies to focus on empowerment and building resilience in the community...

date: 8 February 2012
Source(s): Stuff, Fairfax Digital, Fairfax New Zealand Ltd

It is essential that communities are prepared and can look after themselves as the demand would probably overwhelm the emergency services and civil defence if a major disaster hit Central Otago...

date: 17 January 2012
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

As per Swiss Re, earthquake insurance penetration is highest in New Zealand, and is very low in Japan, particularly for commercial properties. 'While insurance cannot replace lost lives and livelihoods, appropriate insurance and other risk transfer mechanisms can greatly accelerate the recovery process'...

 by Flickr user powazny / Marcin Kargol Creative Commons BY 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/powazny/3781894781/

date: 4 January 2012
Source(s): Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich Re)

A sequence of devastating earthquakes and a large number of weather-related catastrophes made 2011 the costliest year ever in terms of natural catastrophe losses. 'It is the insurance industry's task to cover extreme losses as well, to help society cope with such events'...

by Flickr user Kate Dreyer, Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/watashi/3293509861/

date: 4 January 2012
Source(s): Conversation Media Group, the

The global tourism industry is increasingly resilient to both natural and man made threats. The effective management of natural disasters is enacted in four phases: readiness, reduction, response and recovery...

 by Flickr user smileham / Steven Mileham Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/smileham/5421374099/

date: 25 November 2011
Source(s): Environment Canterbury, New Zealand - gov

'We are taking all the existing and new information and using a consistent methodology to produce liquefaction hazard information, which will be useful not only for building consenting, but also for infrastructure asset'...

date: 1 November 2011
Source(s): MSNBC Digital Network (MSNBC)

Profound changes in building codes are getting evaluated for the next generation of structures in New Zealand, ideas that may influence cities in the United States and the rest of the world that face similar hazards...

date: 27 September 2011
Source(s): United Nations News Centre (UNNC)

'For regions as vulnerable as ours, disaster preparedness is no desktop exercise – it’s a matter of survival,' Jim McLay, New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the UN, told the general debate of the General Assembly in New York...

date: 6 September 2011

UN Secretary-General paid tribute to New Zealand's resilience and determination to go forward in the wake of the tragic Christchurch earthquake, 'and I thank you for your commitment to disaster risk reduction, not only here in New Zealand but throughout the globe.'

Christchurch City council HQ by Flickr user lemoncat1, Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/lemoncat1/5260171848/

date: 17 August 2011
Source(s): Computerworld, Fairfax Media Business Group

Information manager Gavin Till outlines IT measures taken during and after the February earthquakes: 'They’ve made us rethink quite a few things,' he says. 'As an organisation we have rules and processes, but we are now making risk-based decisions on the fly with a focus on outcomes.'...

by Flickr user kretyen / Ken Bosma, Creative Commons BY 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/kretyen/3361953041/

date: 11 August 2011
Source(s): Verisk Maplecroft

Despite the US and Japan having the highest economic exposure to natural hazards, it is the emerging economies of China, India, Philippines and Indonesia, which pose the most risk to investors due to a lack of capacity to combat the impacts of a major disaster...

by Flickr user annzstream / Ann (Helen) Devereux, Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/hadevereux/4956076323/

date: 9 August 2011
Source(s): Otago Daily Times, Allied Press Limited

New Zealand's level of preparedness has improved following the September and February earthquakes. 'The Christchurch earthquakes have prompted more people to prepare for natural disasters,' Civil Defence Minister Craig Foss says...

by Flickr user Michael Dawes, Creative Commons BY-NC 2.0, http://www.flickr.com/photos/tk_five_0/3946622431/

date: 4 August 2011
Source(s): Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC/SOPAC)

The 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction is launched in at the Third Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management, where an objective is to endorse a 'roadmap' for development of a regional policy framework for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation....

 Photo by Flickr user, Annzstream, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

date: 14 July 2011
Source(s): Cable News Network (CNN)

Pamela Boykoff from CNN looks at the economic impact of natural hazards further to data released by Statistics New Zealand that reveal an 0.8% increase in the economy during the quarter in which the Christchurch earthquake hit this year. She highlights a report by the World Bank on the subject...

 Photo by Flickr user, Geotherf, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

date: 12 July 2011
Source(s): Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich Re)

An exceptional accumulation of very severe natural catastrophes makes 2011 the highest-ever loss year on record, even after the first half-year says the re-insurance company. Most of the losses were caused by the earthquake in Japan on 11 March...

date: 25 May 2011
Source(s): American Geological Institute (AGI)

The earthquakes that struck Christchurch and northern Honsu earlier this year offer lessons to be learned. What could have been done to prevent or mitigate the damage? What can similar locations around the world learn? These stories and many more can be found in the June issue of EARTH...

date: 20 May 2011
Source(s): Lloyd's

Insurers have an important role to play in helping to mitigate supply chain risk, in addition to the preventative role of risk engineering, effective contingency planning and other risk management responses says a recent press release from the insurance market, Lloyds...

date: 16 April 2011
Source(s): U.S. Department of State, United States of America - gov

In a speech delivered a few days ago, Maria Otero, US Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs described the three ways that her country is implementing disaster risk reduction at home and and around the world...

date: 31 March 2011
Source(s): Zurich Insurance Group Limited

Zurich Financial Services Group today announced that it currently estimates aggregate claims of approximately USD 500 million for the five natural catastrophes that have hit the Asia-Pacific region since the beginning of the year...

date: 31 March 2011
Source(s): Willis Research Network (WRN)

According to the reinsurance company, Willis Re, the total economic loss of first the quarter's disasters including the Japan, Chile and New Zealand earthquakes and the Australian floods, has significantly increased the likelihood of a market-wide turn should reinsurers be tested again this year...

date: 30 March 2011
Source(s): International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE)

In a statement on the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, the IAEE says earthquake engineers serve humanity by providing rational and affordable tools for protection from the seismic peril, but these tools are in constant need of being refined...

 Photo copyright by Flickr user, Felipe Ovalle, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

date: 29 March 2011
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

According to Swiss Re’s latest sigma study, worldwide economic losses from natural catastrophes and man-made disasters were USD 218 billion in 2010, more than triple the 2009 figure of USD 68 billion. Approximately 304 000 people died in these events, the highest number since 1976...

date: 11 March 2011
Source(s): United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI)

'The United Nations system continues to invest time and resources in disaster risk reduction and in building resilient societies. We are strongly committed to learning from experience and sharing the knowledge of what works. We are sure to be tested again, and again and again' said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at a memorial service for New Zealand earthquake victims...

date: 1 March 2011
Source(s): Guardian, the

'A great weakness has been horribly exposed' writes Dallas Graham in an editorial for the Guardian UK, on the prospect of rebuilding the Anglican cathedral in the heart of Christchurch. 'Despite our need for national optimism, a stone building in Christchurch can never again be regarded as safe'...

date: 28 February 2011
Source(s): Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)

One of the largest insurance company's (QBE) chief executive, Frank O'Halloran said, in an interview with ABC, that the Queensland floods and the earthquake in Christchurch have forced a rethinking of the risk strategy for the region...

 Photo of by Flickr user, Martinluff, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0) http://www.flickr.com/photos/23934380@N06/5470256572

date: 28 February 2011
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Strict building codes in Chile, the legacy of a devastating 9.5 magnitude earthquake in 1960, continue to play a large part in protecting people even when an 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck 50 near Concepción on 27 February 2010, says UNISDR...

date: 24 February 2011
Source(s): International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)

Being asked why city's inspectors had not realised the buildings that collapsed were vulnerable, Christchurch deputy mayor Ngaire Button replied 'The question hanging over our heads in Canterbury is: are there others... Are any of the buildings safe? Where can we go where we feel safe?', reports the ICFI in its analysis of the situation...

date: 22 February 2011
Source(s): Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Digital Network (SMH)

For many people social network site Twitter was among the earliest to provide on the scene reaction to today's big 6.3 magnitude Christchurch earthquake, reports the Sydney Morning Herald...

date: 27 January 2011
Source(s): National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

Scientists from the National Institue of Water and Atmospheric Research will join Geosciences Australia in assessing the impacts of the recent devastating floods. They hope to build a valuable base of information for assessment of economic impacts, and for future prevention and gain a better understanding of natural hazards...

« Previous12Next »