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.

These events significantly impact the prosperity and wellbeing of our communities. The Canterbury earthquakes showed the extreme degree to which this can occur, and why, as a nation, we need to invest more in building our resilience to natural disasters.

This is why we created Resilient New Zealand: 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.