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Late November/early December saw 3 of our PhD students pass their final oral exams. Click below to discover more information on Alan Kwok, Mina Adhikari, and Nancy Brown's amazing research.

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Visitors from the Republic of Korea

In December the Joint Centre for Disaster Research welcomed a group of disaster response and policy leaders from the Ministry of Interior and Safety in the Republic of Korea.

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ISCRAM Asia Pacific Conference Wrap-Up

Dr Raj Prasanna, of the JCDR, co-chaired at the inaugural ISCRAM Asia Pacific regional conference here in Wellington. With the help of many of our staff and students, the conference proved to be a great success.

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150th Anniversary of the Chatham Islands Tsunami

Recent research investigating the 1868 tsunami and development of new tsunami evacuation zones provided a timely opportunity to organise a memorial event to commemorate the 150th anniversary on the Chatham Island.

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Earthquake Resilient Wellington Movie

The footage shot eventuated into a three-minute news-style report on the importance and effectiveness of community resilience as a way of managing and mitigating the impacts of disaster events.

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Ambae Volcanic Eruption Response 2018

Carol Stewart from JCDR and Graham Leonard from GNS contributed to an international, inter-agency field mission to the islands of Ambae, Maewo and Pentecost, Vanuatu to assess impacts of thick ashfalls from the ongoing eruption of Ambae.

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Sri Lankan Delegation to Massey

In October a senior delegation of ten officials from the Colombo Municipal Council came to New Zealand to learn about New Zealand’s Waste Water (sewage) management.

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2018 National Emergency Management Conference

This year’s National Emergency Management Conference was hosted in conjunction with the Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference and hit Wellington again in May.

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Unpacking Complexity Workshop

In conjunctions with this year’s National Emergency Management Conference in May, members of the Centre involved with QuakeCoRE, hosted a workshop which was jointly hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Australia, and Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

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Wellington Resilience Workshop

On the Friday following the National Emergency Management Conference, JCDR staff, in collaboration with QuakeCoRE hosted its second workshop, this time looking at ‘Wellington Resilience’.

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50th Anniversary of the Īnangahua Earthquake

In conjunction with the anniversary of the Īnangahua earthquake of 1968, David, Denise and Emily of the Centre joined a wider group of researchers on a field trip to explore the enduring role past disasters have on local communities. 

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Noho Marae

In May, JCDR delegates joined members of GNS’ Risk and Society team for an overnight Hui-a-noho at Orongomai Marae in Upper Hutt. The aim of the 2 days was gain further understanding of Vision Mātauranga and the benefit of its use by us as researchers.

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Up and coming events

Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering 2019

In April researchers and professionals working in understanding and reduction of seismic risk will come together at the PCEE to share their research experience and latest developments. This year’s focus lies on “turning hazard awareness into risk mitigation”.

When: 4th – 6th April 2019
Where: Auckland, New Zealand
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6th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Global Platform has the role of assessing and reviewing the progress in the implementation of the global disaster risk reduction agenda, and to serve as a platform to share good practices, identify gaps and to make recommendations to further accelerate the implementation.

When: 13th – 17th May 2019
Where: Geneva, Switzerland
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12th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference

This year’s conference will be hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC. A new concept shall give participants insights into the policy and research developments of the following years.

When: 17th – 19th June 2019
Where: Canberra, Australia
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National Expedition

On a two-weeks tour around New Zealand you’ll explore varied hazardscape, debate the pros and cons of the world’s responses to significant hazards and emergencies, and work with local experts and community groups to understand the context, consequences, and management of risks.

When: 24th June – 6th July 2019
Application deadline:  15th March 2019
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National Emergency Management Conference 2019

This annual conference provides relevant and engaging insight, advice and discussion for professionals around emergency management. More information will be available soon.

When: 3rd – 5th July 2019
Where: Wellington, New Zealand

AFAC Conference 2019

Australasia’s largest and most comprehensive emergency management conference and exhibition brings decision makers and end-users in the field of emergency management together in one location. The theme for 2019 will be “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change”.

When: 27th – 30th August 2019
Where: Melbourne, Australia
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Australian Disaster Resilience Conference 2019

In Partnership with AFAC19 the disaster resilience community will gather in Melbourne to find answers to the question “Are we future ready?” in the context of a changing climate, technological influence and shifting demographics. The guiding themes of the event will be connection, respect, empowerment and wisdom.

When: 28th – 29th August 2019
Where: Melbourne, Australia
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QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting 2019

During their annual meeting, QuakeCoRE will celebrate their research achievements and plans going forward. The plenary sessions will highlight key topics and focus discussion on challenging questions for the future.

When: 2nd – 5th September 2019
Where: Nelson, New Zealand
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Massey news items

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Friday 15 March 2019
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Thursday 21 February 2019
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Inaugural conference for crisis information systems specialists
Wednesday 14 November 2018
Two years after the Kaikoura earthquake, emergency managers from throughout the Asia-Pacific have...
Ambassadors gain insights into Pacific regional security
Thursday 30 November 2017
Ambassadors and senior diplomats from Europe and Israel visited Massey University's Wellington...
Emergency preparation – only for the privileged?
Thursday 21 September 2017
Storing food and other supplies in case of a disaster is out of the question for people who cannot...
NZ an emergency management magnet for US students
Tuesday 29 August 2017
Emergency and crisis management student interns from the US and Canada reckon New Zealand has...
Breast cancer PhD research wins Massey 3MT
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Research on the "cross-talk" between breast cancer cells and immune cells that could lead to new...

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