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Government revises earthquake proofing rules

Peter Griffin posted in on May 11th, 2015.

The Government has revised rules on strengthening earthquake-prone buildings, tightening requirements for some regions while relaxing them in others.  The changes to the policy regarding earthquake management risk was outlined at a conference on Sunday by Building and Housing minister Dr Nick Smith. The country will be divided into high, medium and low risk areas for earthquakes, […]

Christchurch – an expert on managing the disaster

Peter Griffin posted in on February 25th, 2011.

Dr Neil Thomas, an expert in natural hazards and disaster management. Dr Thomas, who is based in Kingston University’s School of Earth Sciences and Geography, discusses in the Q&A below issues such as the work of the search and rescue teams and the challenges of rebuilding and making Christchurch safe. What needs to be done […]

Dom Post: ‘Unrealistic optimism’ bounces back

Peter Griffin posted in on September 15th, 2010.

Marty Sharpe writes in the Dominion Post that, for at least some of the people who experienced the Christchurch earthquake, it could take as little as 3 months to return to a state of ‘unrealistic optimism’. ‘Unrealistic optimisim’ is defined as people being unreasonably optimistic about their chances of experiencing a natural disaster, and while […]

NZ Herald: Chris de Freitas – The high cost of being unprepared

Peter Griffin posted in on October 5th, 2009.

Dr Chris de Freitas writes in the New Zealand Herald about the dangers of being unprepared for major natural events.  He talks about emergency management not just as a means of saving lives when events occur, but of planning beforehand in order to minimise loss of life and property. He also talks of Auckland, and […]

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