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Kia ora <<First Name>>,  

It's that time of year when a number of large research grants and awards are announced and we're excited to see several of our researchers have been awarded funding to continue their excellent and important mahi beyond the end of our Challenge. Ka rawe!

On that note, we acknowledge the ongoing uncertainty about post-Challenge funding arrangements, exacerbated by this ‘interregnum’ period between governments. It’s not an easy time for our research teams, particularly those based at the universities facing funding cuts, and their research partners and stakeholders who are also affected by lack of funding certainty in the system. We acknowledge the stress and anxiety being experienced by many in our wider research whānau during this time.

In better news, we are proud to share the work of a group of emerging kairangahau Māori (Māori researchers) who have developed a collective response to the Parliamentary inquiry into climate adaptation. You can read their submission below, and watch their video telling the story behind the submission.
In this edition we also feature a series of themed Impact Case Studies from our research over the 2022-23 year, which formed part of our Annual Progress Report to MBIE, and share the recording of our popular webinar ‘He Kai kei aku ringa - Disaster Preparedness’ co-hosted with Te Tira Whakamataki. Featuring Captain Ernesto Ojeda—the "grandfather" of search and rescue—this webinar discusses ways whānau and communities can determine for themselves how best to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Ngā manaakitanga,

Richard, Erica, Nicky, Jenny, Hautapu and Caitlin
Resilience Challenge Directorate team

Ngā aupiki | Recent success

Tuatahi, we're delighted to see several of our research whānau have been successful in securing MBIE funding for future projects, including:

Endeavour projects
SMART Ideas projects
Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou! Well deserved! We'd also like to acknowledge all those unnamed researches who contributed to bids, both successful and unsuccessful. A lot of work goes into bid writing and we wish you all every success with future research and and bids!
Tuarua, congratulations to Tom Logan of Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha University of Canterbury on receiving a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship.Tom is a researcher within our Built Environments programme working on inequality and vulnerability modelling in urban systems. He receives this award for research titled ‘Incorporating cascading risk and multiple uncertainties into climate adaptation planning’. Congratulations Tom!

Pānui rangahau | Research updates

He Ekenga Ngaru
Māori community solutions to climate retreat and adaptation

Recently, a group of emerging Māori researchers brought together Māori planners, researchers and kaitiaki from across the motu at a symposium at Whakaue marae in Maketū, Bay of Plenty. The kaupapa was to develop a community response to the Parliamentary inquiry into climate adaptation.

View the submission >
Watch the short video >

2022-2023 Impact Case Studies

At the end of each financial year we report to MBIE on the progress we've made. In addition to a wealth of reporting and spreadsheets, we like to summarise our research teams' efforts into impact case studies that share how our collective efforts are contributing to a more resilient Aotearoa New Zealand.

This year we focused on the following themes:

Science for resilience, policy and practice

2022-23 was another busy year for policy development and legislative change, particularly in the climate adaptation space. Our researchers have been engaged in these processes, and have contributed learnings from 10 years of dynamic adaptive pathways planning approaches in Aotearoa New Zealand, timely new research on managed retreat, and wānanga to progress a Te Tiriti-centric planning system. 

Find out more...

Partnerships as the pathway to impact

We highlight two innovative projects that have been built on deep partnerships between researchers, iwi and kaupapa Māori organisations: A science to-art-project in the top of the South Island inspired by purakau relating to past tsunami; and a case study documenting resilience initiatives led by a Māori-owned agribusiness in eastern Bay of Plenty.

Find out more...

Responsive science for national emergencies

Extreme weather including floods and rainfall-induced landslides have had significant impacts around the country this past year. Our teams have been busy assessing the scale of the damage, contributing guidance on forecasts and warnings, compiling key lessons for recovery, and other research and engagement activities aimed at building community resilience ahead of future severe storm events.

Find out more...

Models and tools for decision making

Building on strong partnerships developed over the past 10 years, our teams have numerous work programmes that are feeding our science directly into emergency planning, public education, and other decision-making processes. Some key examples are our work associated with volcanoes in the North Island, the Alpine Fault in the South Island, and earthquake hazards and coastal change around the country.

Find out more...

TEDxMount Victoria: Creating personalised warnings for future natural hazards

Weather and Wildfire programme co-leader Dr Sally Potter is a senior social scientist at GNS Science and co-chair of the World Meteorological Organization's WWRP High Impact Weather project. She recently gave a TEDx talk making a case for personalised warnings for natural hazards and discussing the issues that need to be addressed.

Watch the recording...

TEDxMount Victoria: Stories we tell shape our future 

Urban Communities programme researcher Dr Marion Tan is a social scientist and lecturer at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University. She recently gave a TEDx talk building a case for storytelling in communicating important information, especially when it comes to procedures to follow in emergencies.

Watch the recording...

Huinga tangata, huinga kōrero | Events

Adapting Aotearoa

Adaptation in the primary sector

13 November, 12pm - 1pm

The second of our 'lead-in' webinars for the Adapting Aotearoa symposium will focus on recent research insights on the topic of adaptation in the primary sector. 

Find out more...

Adapting Aotearoa

20 November, Christchurch Town Hall

Adapting Aotearoa: Towards a Climate Resilient Land and Food System will bring together researchers and stakeholders from the primary sector, academia and government to explore innovative solutions for building climate resilience and a deeper understanding of the urgency for adaptation in our agricultural practices.

Find out more...

He Kai kei aku ringa Disaster Preparedness with Ernesto Ojeda

In collaboration with Te Tira Whakamataki, we recently hosted a webinar to present whānau and communities with tangible and practical knowledge they can use to determine for themselves how best to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disaster. The webinar featured Captain Ernesto Ojeda, the "grandfather" of urban search and rescue.

Watch the webinar recording...

Ngā pitopito kōrero | Media

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