Regional Network Areas

The Regional Network Areas act as a co-ordination mechanism provide contextual relevance and rapid embedding of research solutions into tangible advances in earthquake resilience.

During Phase 1 we focused on two principal regions:

  • South Island-wide impacts from a major Alpine Fault earthquake, and
  • establishment of the Wellington Earthquake Collaboratory to leverage QuakeCoRE resources toward the concentrated earthquake risk in the nation’s capital. 

Both of these initiatives were developed with partner programmes (‘Project AF8’, and ‘It’s Our Fault’, respectively), and served as ‘case studies’ to facilitate inter-disciplinary research connectivity within QuakeCoRE projects, but also to engage with stakeholders to translate research outcomes into tangible resilience gains through enabling leverage by external entities. 

The five regional network areas in QuakeCoRE Phase 2 are:

  1. Alpine Fault (South Island-wide)
  2. Te Whanganui ā-Tara Wellington
  3. Hikurangi subduction zone (North Island-wide)
  4. Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
  5. South Pacific 

The first two areas build directly on the momentum that has been established during Phase 1, as noted above.

Coordination of QuakeCoRE research associated with the North Island-wide impacts of a major Hikurangi Subduction Zone earthquake will partner with the ‘East Coast LAB’ initiative. 

The Auckland regional network will provide coordination of research associated with NZs largest asset exposure in a region of low seismicity. 

Finally, the South Pacific regional network will coordinate currently disparate QuakeCoRE investigator activities and further Aotearoa New Zealand’s leadership in supporting this region of the world, providing a pathway to engaging Pacifica students in QuakeCoRE activities.

Notably, the research connected to the Regional Network Areas will see rapid public exposure through the newly developed ‘Natural Hazard Education Alliance’.

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