Movers and Shakers: Women’s stories from the Christchurch earthquakes

This is the final report of a research study undertaken by the National Council of Women (Christchurch Branch) between 2011 and 2014 with women living in Christchurch through the earthquakes. It tells their stories of the earthquakes and the aftermath, including community action, health, housing, insurance woes, families, children and many other themes.



Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines

This viewpoint on Typhoon Haiyan aims to capture some of the priorities for aid decision makers as they struggle with the devastation in the Philippines, such as: to rebuild livelihoods; to pay attention to special vulnerable groups; and to prepare from now for the next big disaster, building resilience to save lives and livelihoods and keeping in mind the growing impacts of climate change. 

Assessing emergency management training and exercises

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how training or exercises are assessed in local government emergency management organisations. An investigative review of the resources available to emergency managers across North America and within New Zealand, for the evaluation and monitoring of emergency management training and exercises was conducted. This was then compared with results from a questionnaire based survey of 48 local government organisations in Canada, USA, and New Zealand.

Supplier risk management: Time to take control

This document presents the findings of the first PwC Supplier Risk Management (SRM) Study in Australia, which is a detailed look at how major Australian companies are addressing the key issues and risks arising in their supply chains. PwC surveyed 68 organisations across all industry sectors. 

From Disaster to Renewal: The Centrality of Business Recovery to Community Resilience

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) commissioned Griffith University to undertake a series of case studies examining the economic recovery of rural communities following natural disasters. The objective of the project is to critically review current economic recovery practices in Australia and, based on both field research and extensive literature reviews, develop proposals to improve approaches to facilitating economic recovery after disasters.

Relationships matter: The application of social capital to disaster resilience.

The promotion of household resilience has become a key component of emergency management policy and practice in Australia over the past decade. Recent work by Associate Professor Daniel Aldrich of Purdue University in the United States highlights the importance of the concept ‘social capital’ as a key factor in helping people prepare for, and recover from, emergencies. The release of the National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSfDR) by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) signals a shift in the way Australia approaches disaster management.

Communicating with People with Disability: National Guidelines for Emergency

These guidelines have been designed to support emergency managers to better understand the varied communication needs of people with disability. They are intended to inform and complement the wide range of policies and procedures developed at all levels of government, business and the not-for-profit sector in support of incident management and the delivery of emergency warnings.

Looking After Yourself and Your Family After a Disaster

Immediately after a serious disaster, a person may experience a range of thoughts, feelings and behaviour that can be intense, confusing and frightening. These are common reactions to an extraordinary situation. Most people recover after disasters by drawing on their own strengths and the support of others, and most will gradually rebuild their lives and achieve a sense of wellbeing again. However, some people may go on to develop a psychological problem.

Perspective from New Zealand small firms: Crisis management and the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes

This study formed part of BusinesSMEasure, a yearly longitudinal study of SMEs in New Zealand, targeted specifically to survey micro and small sized firms. It viewed the impact of the Canterbury earthquakes.

Working better together: An NGO's perspective on improving Australia's coordination in disaster response

This report offers unique insights through the lens of the Australian NGO community into the challenges, opportunities and ways forward for multi-agency cooperation in disaster management. It reflects on what is currently perceived of as good practice and offers ways forward to enhance multi-agency cooperation in the future. The report also serves as a timely reminder that disaster management is not only about enhancing civil-military engagement or whole-of-government engagement, but ‘whole-of-community’ involving

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