Resilient New Zealand has been formed by a group of like-minded organisations who want to help make our country more resilient to natural disasters.
New Zealand is highly exposed to the natural forces that have shaped our beautiful landscapes. Each year we are jolted by earthquakes, battered by storms and tornadoes, and inundated by floods. We also see our coastlines erode and hills slip, and we are potentially exposed to eruptions and tsunamis.
Such events significantly impact the prosperity and wellbeing of our communities. The Canterbury earthquakes have shown the extreme degree to which this can occur, and why natural hazards are recognised as a national strategic risk.
The Canterbury events have also demonstrated that we, as a nation, need to invest more in building our resilience to natural disasters. Our ability to withstand and recover from the impact of natural disasters – both large and small – is vital, and we believe that achieving this is important to the national interest.
This is why we have joined together to identify, champion and advocate ways to help make New Zealand more resilient to natural disasters: both to lessen their impact and enable better recovery when they occur.