Boost to Natural Disaster Research

7 May 2013

The Capital was recently named as one of just 10 cities worldwide to be selected to participate in the UN-Habitat City Resilience Profiling Programme.

Tsunami blue lines.

Tsunami blue lines in Island Bay


The programme will help Wellington to measure and increase our resilience, and help raise the city’s profile as a global leader for research on natural disasters and community resilience.

The Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) is already working hard to raise the level of community preparedness across the region and supporting local communities to achieve this.

WREMO’s Regional Manager, Bruce Pepperell, says Wellington is an ideal location for this programme.

“We’re doing some ground-breaking work with our tsunami blue lines in seaside communities. These mark the tsunami safety zone and came about by working directly with local people, which in turn helps educate the community about the risks and actions they need to take. We look forward to sharing best practices with other cities around the world.”

Wellington is home to a number of organisations working to improve the region’s ability to deal with natural disasters – including Massey University and GNS Science’s Joint Centre for Disaster Research. Director Professor David Johnston welcomes the inclusion of Wellington in the UN programme.

“This will help Wellington connect to other international research on reducing the impact of disasters, as well as helping us make a global contribution to this important topic.”