About Resilient Wellington

Wellington’s Resilience Strategy will be a holistic, action-oriented plan to build partnerships and alliances, financing mechanisms, and will pay particular attention to meeting the needs of vulnerable people.

Part of the Resilient Wellington mural.

Resilient Wellington mural

Planning for resilience

In the weeks and months to come, a programme of activities and engagement with partners, communities and organisations will be led by the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) to understand what resilience means for Wellington.

Three women holding cups seated at table with pens and paper.

Resilient Wellington workshop

“City governments are on the front line of dealing with acute shocks and chronic stress. Wellington is part of a group of cities leading the way on resilience to better prepare for, withstand, and recover more effectively when disruption hits,” says Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin.

"Through inclusive resilience planning cities can be better prepared for the unexpected. They can also realize the resilience dividend, the economic and competitive advantages that come from taking a resilience mindset. Wellington’s commitment to resilience thinking, planning and action will set a global example.”



Resilient Wellington Agenga Setting Presentation (8.2MB PDF)



100 Resilient Cities - Preliminary Resilience Assessment (2.4MB PDF)



Wellington Agenda Setting Workshop - Summary Report (1.4MB PDF)

Working towards resilience

The Resilience Agenda-Setting Workshop brought people from city government and the private sector, non-profits, NGO’s, academia, and community groups into the planning process. Since then we’ve been hosting workshops, attending meetings, holding interviews, and engaging with people across the region to identify our strengths and weaknesses, and figure out what we need to prioritise.

The Chief Resilience Officer has undertaken more than 100 one-on-one interviews, more than 170 people responded to a resilience survey and another 100 stakeholders participated in focus groups and workshops. 

Regionally 600 people whose involvement is crucial to resilience efforts have been identified and engaged. They include representatives of utility companies, Councils, the NGO and voluntary sector, the health sector, and business.

Our Preliminary Resilience Assessment was presented to Council in June and highlighted the key areas for our strategy – sea level rise and climate change, earthquake recovery, quality of life, and economic prosperity. With help from the Wellington resilience community we’re now busy working on Wellington’s Resilience Strategy which was presented to Council in September and was met with a positive response. We will present the final version of the strategy in February 2017.



Resilient Wellington work underway (426KB PDF)

Resilient Wellington resources

Examples of the Council's existing initiatives and regional resilience partnerships include:

Check out the Wellington Resilience Is... photos from the workshop.