Emergency Management Summer Institute

Summer institute students

The Emergency Management Summer Institute is a five-day programme held every March in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
A short two page pamphlet describes the Summer Institute  Emergency Management Summer Institute 2022 (1,309 KB)

Emergency Management Summer Institute 2022

Due the ongoing COVID-19 response we will need to run the 2022 as a shortened online only event. Details of the revised programme will be available shortly. The plan is to run 5 days (9am-12pm) online sessions, supported by supplementary material.

If you have already enrolled you will have the options to transfer to the online version (and get partial refund), postpone for next year or cancel for a full refund. We hope to return to the full in-person course in 2023.

7th - 11th March 2022
Massey University
Wellington campus
Aotearoa New Zealand

2022 Pricing:
Full week: $600 +GST
Per Day: $150 +GST/day

About the Course 

This course will be in-person, if possible.  If meeting in-person is not possible, this will be moved online, where possible.

This short course programme has been developed to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to selected topics relating to emergency management. Each course will begin with an introduction and review of Aotearoa New Zealand and international research and practice. The topics will then be explored through a series of relevant case studies. The final session of each module will provide practical tools and guidance for turning the ‘theory to practice’.

The Summer Institute will also be part of the Massey University course 130.706 Emergency Management in Practice (30 credits). If you are enrolled in the Massey course you will automatically be enrolled for the Summer Institute, at no additional cost. However, you do not need to be enrolled in the course to attend the Summer Institute.  For more information, check out Massey University’s Emergency Management teaching programme.

Day 1: Monday 7 March 2022: 9am-4:30pm 
Emergency management planning 

This course will explore the range of emergency management planning processes and discuss issues that need to be addressed at a CDEM Group, community and organisational level. It will introduce the fundamental emergency management concepts and how these are applied in Aotearoa New Zealand and examine a number of recent events.

Day 2: Tuesday 8 March 2022: 9am-4:30pm
Tangata whenua in disasters 

The day will be hosted at our university marae and explore how to better understand the roles of Māori attributes (knowledge, values and practices) during disasters, drawing on some past experiences of iwi, hapū and marae.

Day 3: Wednesday 9 March 2022: 9am-4:30pm 
Developing effective all-hazard warning systems 

This course will examine issues around improving the public’s response to warning systems for weather, flooding, tsunami, and other hazards. This includes co-development and participatory approaches to science development and communication, identifying decision-relevant communication strategies. This course will explore international examples of effective end-to end warning systems and discuss research into the effectiveness of these systems and considerations for uncertainty. It will discuss existing training approaches among emergency response agencies and ways to improve these by developing and implementing new technologies and approaches. The course will also address the role of communities in developing and maintaining effective systems.

Day 4: Thursday 10 March 2022: 9am-4:30pm 
The wellbeing of our people

Drawing on recent research in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally, this course will provide an evidence-based framework for understanding how to enhance wellbeing in the light of disasters. We will discuss the role of public education (including schools), community engagement and public participation in building resilient communities. We will examine resilience initiatives for both Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas, and consider wellbeing for a diversity of communities. Monitoring and evaluation strategies will also be covered during the course.

Day 5: Friday 11 March 2022: 9am-4:30pm 
Classroom in the coach 

During this day we will undertake a field excursion to explore many aspects of emergency management planning, land-use planning and options for mitigation in the Wellington and Hutt Valley. We will visit tsunami hazard zones, discuss tsunami warnings, explore the Wellington Fault, look at land-use planning for earthquakes, tsunami, landslides and flooding, examine community-based preparedness activities and visit to the GeoNet operations centre.

Registrations are now open.

Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for multiple attendees or an invoice can be generated and sent to your organisation. Please contact Jennifer for alternative payment options.


Harriett Guy
Joint Centre for Disaster Research
School of Psychology at Massey University
E: h.guy1@massey.ac.nz.
O: +64 4 979-3613