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Building an Earthquake Resilient Wellington Movie

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Filming with Joe McLeod at Tapu te Ranga marae in Island Bay

Mid way through the year the centre was approached by AFAC (Australian and New Zealand National Council for fire, emergency services and land management) and ASN Media in Australia to create a short film to feature in an online news program (AFAC TV) for the Australasian fire and emergency services sector.

The program featured interviews with leading industry professionals, news reports and sponsored editorial profiles exploring topics such as community resilience, research utilisation, the national approach to emergency management, and industry standards. The program was then launched at AFAC18 on 6 September 2018 and distributed via a communications campaign reaching decision makers and influencers from fire, emergency management, law enforcement, defence, resources and hazardous industrial sectors.

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Interviewing Wellington Mayor Justin Lester at Civic Square 

The story we were asked to tell was how we are currently working to build community resilience to disasters. This then 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. The filming was funded by QuakeCoRE and was used as a platform to demonstrate how a number of entities are collaborating together effectively to build an earthquake resilient Wellington. These 3 entities are:

  • Policy and practice

  • Science and research

  • Local communities and indigenous knowledge

We establishing this narrative in partnership with the Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office and Te Piringa o Te Awakairangi (TPoTA), the local marae collective, to ensure we were telling each collaborators story in the most authentic way. This contributed to a long shoot day on August 2nd visiting a number of sites around the city including, Te Papa, Tapu te Ranga Marae, Civic Square and Kilbirnie School.

Below were the key messages we collectively identified as central to the story:

  1. Building community resilience in disaster management is a process, not a product
  2. Communities are at the core of disaster management. Public education is the key
  3. JCDR and its stakeholders have developed exceptional data-based response and recovery plans for the community in the event of an earthquake/tsunami. They are leaders in this field and their strategies help to reduce the collective anxiety around an earthquake
  4. Local indigenous knowledge, science and technology are all key inputs in developing community resilience
  5. Community resilience is about empowering communities to take action

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Reporter Richard Langston in the Quake Braker at Te Papa

We were greatful to have Richard Langston, of the TV show Country Calendar, as our reporter and Ivars Berzins as our cameraman on the day. Additionally, this film would not have been made possible without our amazing interviewees; Wendy Saunders (GNS Science/QuakeCoRE); Joe McLeod (TPoTA); Te Rei Koopu (TPoTA); James Stewart (TPoTA); Mayor Justin Lester (WCC); Tony Austin (Kilbirnie School Principal); and Chris Montgomerie (BOT Chairperson).

Following the shoot the footage was packaged up by ASN Media in Australia and sent back to us for final comments. The final version of the film can be viewed at the link below:

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