2022 Annual Meeting – Day Three

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Day Three of the QuakeCoRE 2022 Annual Meeting started with a journey towards a resilient Aotearoa New Zealand transport system with Liam Wotherspoon of University of Auckland and Charlotte Brown of Resilient Organisations at the drivers seat for this plenary discussion. Liam and Charlotte are the co-leads of Inter-disciplinary Programme 3: A Resilient Aotearoa New Zealand Transport System.

Stuart Woods of Waka Kotahi discussed their move from being asset focused to being resilience focused as well as other positive shifts in their planning, policy, and practice.

Seosamh Costello of the University of Auckland traversed transport resilience after a possible alpine fault event, decision making and asset management for transport resilience. Then moved on to show the interdisciplinarity between QuakeCoRE’s Inter-disciplinary Programmes 3 (IP3 A Resilient Aotearoa New Zealand Transport System) and 4 (IP4 Harnessing Disruptive Technologies for Seismic Resilience).


Cécile L’Hermitte of the University of Waikato focused our attention on keeping goods moving in the wake of an earthquake and what future approaches for integrated transport might look like. Including Syncrhomodal transport


In the second plenary for the day Graham Leonard of GNS Science pointed us towards the Hikurangi subduction zone, just 12-15km below where we sat in Ahuriri Napier.



Laura Wallace of GNS Science and University of Texas Institute for Geophysics squeezed so much into her 20 minute session, detailing how researchers know more about Aotearoa’s largest and most active fault slipping at 2-6cm per year. Including paleoseismic investigations reveal a 26% chance of a M8.5 or larger earthquake beneath the southern North Island in the next 50 years


Julia Becker of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research at Massey University, and co-lead of QuakeCoRE’s Interdisciplinary Programme 2 ‘Thriving Residential Communities’ lead us through the perceptions of and preparedness for earthquake and tsunami. Using a hyper-local example of 15,000 people could all need to evacuate up Napier Hill in the wake of a long and strong earthquake threatening tsunami risk


Georgia McCombe shared East Coast LAB’s mandate as a community-focused project which seeks to grow and share Hikurangi subduction zone earthquake and tsunami hazard knowledge. And their approach to working alongside communities to build resilience to these hazards through partnership with iwi, hapū, scientists and emergency managers. Georgia shared four examples: telling the story with science; tsunami hīkoi; tsunami pou; and roadshows.

Both Julia and Georgia spoke to the need for empowering communication strategies that lead people and communities to have a “I can do this” attitude and actions towards preparing for an event.


After yet another delicious lunch and poster session we were transported into the future of disruptive technologies for transformative seismic reslience. This plenary links in directly with QuakeCoRE’s Inter-disciplinary Programme 4: Harnessing Disruptive Technologies for Seismic Resilience and was chaired by Garry McDonald of Market Economics.

Andrew Renton of Transpower spoke of power grid resilience in a de-carbonised future, discussing the all-important factors of demand and capacity, and the opportunities and risks inherent in both. Andrew highlighted that decarbonisation increases electricity demand and energy concentration. In passing Andrew also spoke of the new electric vehicle he’s awaiting to arrive in the country that will have the capacity to plug his fridge and other appliances/necessities after an earthquake event.



Here Hamish Avery of EPECentre (Electric Power Engineering Centre) and Canterbury Seismic Instruments, both based at the University of Canterbury, answers questions after his presentation which took us back to the future with past examples of disruptive technologies and what lessons they may garner for future resilience technology.

Robert Cardwell of Market Economics drew our attention to integrated, spatially explicit and dynamic modelling of seismic (and volcanic) events, while highlighting some of the key resistances to technological disruption. Robert posed the question of whether current game technology like hyper-real flight simulators could help demonstrate hazard impacts topographically to community in a visual way.


And with the formalities concluded, the QuakeCoRE 2022 Annual Meeting drew to a close.
We thank all attendees for their generous engagement with all sessions of the Annual Meeting. We look forward to seeing you all together again for the 2023 Annual Meeting in Ahuriri.


Day One of the Annual Meeting

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Day Two of the Annual Meeting

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The full QuakeCoRE 2022 Annual Meeting Programme is available online here. The Programme includes all speaker abstract and bios, attendees and ways you can connect with QuakeCoRE.

The Poster Abstract book is available here

Thanks to our 2022 Annual Meeting sponsor: Toka Tū Ake EQC

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