Resilient Wellington

Wellington City Council was very proud to be accepted into the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) programme in December 2014. It was one of a thousand cities across six continents that applied to be selected for the programme.

Resilient Wellington logo with the word resilient in a large black circle and Wellington in green lettering.

What is 100RC? 

In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation set up the 100 Resilient Cities project to help more cities build resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. By 2016, 100 cities will be actively implementing and/or building a resilience strategy.

100RC takes the view that addressing resilience gives cities the opportunity to evaluate their exposure to specific shocks and stresses. They can then develop a proactive and integrated plan to address those challenges, and respond to them more effectively.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown receives a plaque from Nicola Thomson

Former Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown receives a plaque from Nicola Thomson


What is a Resilient City?

City resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

  • Chronic stresses weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis. Examples of these stresses include high unemployment, an overloaded or inefficient public transportation system, endemic violence or ongoing food and water shortages.
  • Acute shocks are the sudden, sharp events that threaten a city, including earthquakes, floods, disease outbreaks, or terrorist attacks.
Man holding a sign that reads Wellington Resilience is saving a life, saving a soul, mending a broken heart.

What does it mean for Wellington?

Wellington City and the wider Wellington region and partner organisations have been working on a variety of initiatives related to resilience for a number of years. These include sustainability, disaster management, community response and engagement.

Being accepted into the 100RC programme boosts Wellington’s ability to build upon this existing work and that being undertaken by the Wellington region’s International Centre of Excellence for Community Resilience – a partnership between the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR).

Formal acceptance into the programme is significant as Wellington receives access to around $1million of expertise, logistical help and resources including:

  • support for appointing a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for a period of 2 to 3 years
  • support for development of a robust resilience strategy (led by the CRO)
  • management of a peer-to-peer network of member cities who can learn from and help each other (Resilient City Network)
  • connections to solutions, service providers, and international private and public sector “platform partners" who can help Wellington implement its resilience strategy.

Who are the other cities?

100 cities across the globe from Asia to Africa to the Americas are part of the 100RC network. Our closest Resilient City neighbours are Christchurch, Melbourne and Sydney.

Wellington was named in the second round and is proud to contribute to and learn from the international resilience conversations happening around the world.

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