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October

16 October

It is with great pleasure that we confirm that on Chris's last day as Director of UCR3, Professor Tim Davies will be assuming the role of Director.

Tim is an internationally renowen academic with a very strong practical view and until recently Tim led the University's Hazard & Disaster Management Programme Tim Tim is also one of the key people who first conceved of the need for a Centre which grew to become UCR3.

 

 

15 October

Today was the Great New Zealand Shakeout. The day when everyone was encouraged to think about their response to an earthquake and specifically to Drop, Cover, and Hold on.

Did YOU participate? Chris did!

2 October

One of the great benefits which has been afforded to us following the Canterbury earthquake sequence has been the chance to share our experience and knowledge acquired "under fire". I (Chris) have just returned from a very eventful trip to Canada where I had the privilege of working with Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC) where I delivered a major emergency response exercise, and speaking at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Both institutions are impressive in their desire to improve their ability to respond to any crisis event affecting them and it has been a pleasure working with them for the last three weeks. The attached photos were taken during the response exercise at Simon Fraser University.


 

September

15 September

And the good news keeps coming! The University of Canterbury has improved 31 places to 211 in the latest QS University rankings putting UC in the top 3% of the world's universities.
QS rankings assesses University reputation among academics and employers, faculty to student ratio, research citations per faculty, and the proportion of international staff and students enrolled. UC Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr said the result, up from UC’s ranking of 242 in 2014, confirmed UC’s position well inside the top 3% of the world’s universities. Changes to the assessment methodology QS used this year meant the rankings better reflected UC’s position.

http://www.comsdev.canterbury.ac.nz/rss/news/?feed=news&articleId=1771

4 September

It is with great pleasure we can announce that Dr Tom Wilson (Geol Sc), Tara Ross (Journalism) and Dr Erik Brogt (Academic Services Group) have won a prestigious award from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Oceania Region. Under the 2015 Technology & Innovation section, the award recognises the excellence of their joint media training exercise between UC’s Hazard and Disaster Management and Journalism programmes. The exercise simulation puts students through a role-play based on a real-time natural disaster. The programme tests students’ ability to communicate complex science and precise safety information to an anxious public during an uncertain and unfolding disaster scenario. Masters students in the Hazard and Disaster Management programme are tested on their ability to communicate scientific and emergency management information, and students in the Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism programme are tested on their ability to report complex breaking news accurately at speed.

The link between Science and Practice is crucial for effective responses to major crisis events and the programme developed by Tom, Tara & Erik increases the skills of people who may one day be required to deal with a major crisis for real.

Congratulations Tom, Tara & Erik, we are proud of your accomplishment.

August 2015

28 August

On August 28th UCR3 led an exercise on the UC Campus focusing on the most emotive emergency response subject possible, that being an active shooter.  Having spent time with the wonderful folk at Virginia Tech and had the privilege of meeting and spending time with Frank DeAngelis, now retired from Columbine High School, I have come as close to this kind of event as I ever wish to, but that does not make us immune.  The exercise was a great success and every component team which makes up the UC Emergency Response structure was given a workout to help them come to terms with the complexity of both the response, and even more so, the recovery from an event such as this. 

UC gets it.  From the Senior Leadership down the quality of the University's Emergency Management programme reflects the belief and commitment of a fantastic group of people who go above any beyond to make sure UC is capable of responding rapidly and effectively to any challenge.

A special thanks to Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Dr Hamish Cochrane who played his part with style and to all our contributors indluding faculty, staff and students, two of whom played the part of the agressors. Hollywood look out!.



10 August

Chris has just returned from a very short visit to Singapore and Jakarta where he met with the Singapore Civil Defence Force to continue discussions on collaboration around both teaching activity and future course options. Dolapo joined Chris in Singapore for her first visit to the island nation and she particularly enjoyed the change in termerature from Christchurch. After the meetings were concluded. Chris & Dolapo parted ways with Chris heading to Jakarta and Dolapo to the UK. In Jakarta Chris spent time at the AHA Centre and was privilaged on two fronts. First to be at the Centre on the completion day for the 2nd chohort attending the Executive Development Programme (ACE). The final day was both exciting and emotional for many as the course is six months in length and this is a long committment which requires participants to be away from the their homes and families for long stretches. The group graduated in Kuala Lumpur on 31st July which was a great moment for all involved. Chris was also privilaged to have spent a full day at the Centre during their response to the flooding in Myanmar. Chris attended two EOC briefings and contributed to a video conference briefing to the other ASEAN member states detailing what the AHA Centre's activities include. The following photographs are a snap shot of the activity in Jakarta.


L to R - Briefing on current activity, EOC and In-Country Team structure chart, Myanmar flooding data feed from the Pacific Disaster Centre


L to R; Chris with Khiam Lee - Head of Corporate Affairs and Programme Division, ACE, Completion Report, ACE Graduation 2015

5 August

Announcement

In October this year there will be a changing of the guard. UCR3's Director Chris Hawker will be be leaving the University of Canterbury to take up a new role leading the Civil Defence & Emergency Managment Group in Otago. The annoucement of Chris's appoinment was made by the CDEM Group and can be viewed here.

Being such a young entity, UCR3 has undergone several changes in its short life and Chris's departure will signal another change which we are hopefull will provide opportunities rather than problems. Details of how these changes will occur and who will take over leadership of the Centre will be announced in the coming weeks.

April 2015

During April Chris spent a considerable amount of the month in Canada and USA speaking at various institutions, organisations and community entities on disaster risk preparedness. British Columbia was the major focus and during Chris's engagements in the Province, a report on BC's earthquake preparedness was released by the Provincial Government. The author of the report, Henry Renteria, highlighted many issues that still remain to be effectively dealt with in the region. The Renteria report stated; "Overall, stakeholder feedback reflected
serious concerns regarding B.C.’s preparedness for a catastrophic earthquake, public and institutional apathy, a lack of resources devoted to the issue, and the need for additional leadership. While progress has been made on earthquake preparedness, and significant work is underway currently for which involved parties should be applauded, the majority of the preparedness gaps and recommendations outlined in previous reports appear to remain valid today."

The problems the people of British Columbia face are little different from those in many other regions who face significant threats from natural disasters, New Zealand included. The major issue as we see is that many still suffer from the delusion that because statistically it is unlikely to occur in their life time, they don't "really" have to prepare for it. The following cartoon, published in the Victoria newspaper the Times Colonist on 10 April, says it all.

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Chris's engagements in British Columbia and California included; The University of Victoria, Island Health, Simon Fraser University, the community of Port Coquitlam, the British Columbia Emergency Managers Forum and the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena). Chris also Chaired, delivered a Keynote and Workshop at the Emergency & Disaster Planning (West) Conference held in Vancouver 21 - 23 April.

Chris's presentation to the Crisis Response Group at the California Institute of Technology can be viewed here.


Presentation to Island Health key staff and opening address at University of Victoria.


University of Victoria EOC training exercise and presentation to Port Coquitlam core emergency responders.

March 2015

21 March - 5 April


The AHA Centre's ACE Programme cohort arrived in New Zealand on 21 March ready and eager to begin their two week intensive programme. This year the programme began in Wellington where the participants were introduced to a number of people, organisations and most importantly, ideas and information which would be of substantial benefit to them in the coming years. New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management led the way with a visit to the National Crisis Management Centre. The Wellington programme featured a visit to GNS Science, a formal welcome to New Zealand by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a series of presentations by staff at Massey University's Joint Centre for Disaster Research and a field trip to introduce the group to Wellington's natural Hazardscape.

The Christchurch based programme began on March 26th at the UC campus and included a formal welcome by Ambassador Phillip Gibson, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) Dr Hamish Cochrane, and an extensive programme supported by the Christchurch City Council, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Resilient Organisations, Colleges of Business & Law, Science, Education, along with special presentations from Dr Garth den Heyer from the New Zealand Police, Mr Chris Webb, leader of Auckland University of Technology's Emergency Management Programme, and Mr Steve Glassey, UCR3 Associate.

A highlight of the South Island based programme was the weekend field trip to Franz Josef Glacier, led by Professor Tim Davies. Tim introduced the group to the complex hazards facing the West Coast region and gave them all a greater understanding of the need for preparation. The course was a substantial success and every person who presented to the group provided an important piece to the complex puzzle that is crisis leadership.

Course Photos:


On the steps of New Zealand's Parliment Buildings & Learning about West Coast Hazards

(L to R) Not just a party, Chris Webb completes his programme & an evening of New Zealand Native Culture - at Kotane learning the Haka

(L to R) We are so close to Antarctica - the experience awaits & Course completion and presentation of certificates at the Directors home

25 - 27 March

Singapore Civil Defence Force Collaboration

UCR3 Affiliate Steve Glassey has recently returned from Singapore where he jointly delivered the Leadership Programme in Disaster Management (LPDM) at the Singapore Civil Defence Force Civil Defence Academy. This five day programme was attended by senior officials from over 14 countries including Bhutan, Cambodia, Columbia, Cook Island, Indonesia, Fiji, Maldives, Palestine, Sudan, UAE, Ukraine, Kiribati, Singapore and Tanzania.
 
The programme included a wide range of presentations on UN coordinating mechanisms, civil-military coordination, media management, crisis leadership, capacity buildling, regional frameworks (ASEAN), lesson learning systems, exercise management science, political aspects of managing international aid, emerging terrorism threats, disaster management technologies, all-of-government approaches, resilience building, public education campaigns, and evacuation of citizens from emergencies abroad. Participants also gave their peers a briefing on their own country's disaster management arrangements and the SCDF also provided an impressive tour of their fire and rescue training facilities.
 
The new programme replaces the International Disaster Management course previously offered by the Civil Defence Academy, and has an articulation for academic credit with the University of Canterbury's disaster management programme. As part of the element delivered by the University of Canterbury, speakers included Senior Fellow, Sir Robert Parker; Professor Scot Phelps (Emergency Management Academy, New York); and Mr. Graham Sunderland (Charles Sturt University).
 
The next LPDM to be held at the Civil Defence Academy in Sinpoare is scheduled later this year in November and UCR3 is interested to hear from senior officials from New Zealand and Australian central and local government agencies interested in attending this prestigious leadership programme.
 
For further information please contact: Chris Hawker, Director, UCR3


Steve leading his component of the programme and introducing Sir Bob Parker who joined the course via Skype from the UC Campus


(L to R) Steve's presentation on Leading real change and the Course completion photograph

9 - 13 March



In a continuation of the consulting and support UCR3 provides to institutions and organsiations nationally and internationally, during the week of 9 - 13 March Chris undertook a review and audit of the emergency managment planning for the Universityof Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia. It is always pleasing to see a professional and proactive programme in place but one of the things that is often difficult in many situtaitons is the opportuntity for an independent review and subsequent recommendations for where improvements can be made. UCR3 has the expereince and skills to provide this type of assistance which is a passion for the staff involved.

February 2015

Early February was taken up with time in Japan, followed by a continutation of consulting work in New Zealand and starting preparation for the next intensive block course on crisis leadership with the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management - AHA Centre. This very important initiative is delivered each year with the funding and support from the New Zealand Minsitry of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the New Zealand Aid Programme. 2015 is the 40th anniversary of the relationship between New Zealand and ASEAN and as such this years programme is even more special as an example of one of the many ways New Zealand provides support and assistance to the ASEAN region. UCR3 is very pleased to be contributing to this relationship in a meaningful way.

Dolapo Fakuade

February also saw another change to staffing at UCR3 with the formal "arrival" of Dolapo Fakuade. Dolapo is currently a PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences and her study focus (and Thesis title) is "Integrated Response as a Process for Enhancing Emergency Management." Dolapo is already a very experience international operator having undertaken her Master’s Degree in the United Kingdom and having been involved in numerous community based organisations and initiatives in the UK and other countries.

Dolapo joins UCR3 as a part time Programme Development Officer whose first task has been to help prepared for the imminent arrival of the AHA Centre's Ace Programme.

January 2015

5 January
Steve Glassey

January saw the departure of Steve Glassey from day to day involvement with UCR3 as Steve is off to explore new opportunities. Steve's contribution to the development of UCR3 has been significant and although we are sad to see Steve move on, we are pleased that we will be continuing our association with Steve on an ongoing basis for special projects. The first of these is working with our new partners, the Singapore Civil Defence Force where Steve will be assisting with the development and delivery of the first of a series of courses which will be held in Singapore in mid-March.

31 January


After a relaxing Christmas break, UCR3s year began in earnest on January 31st when our Director Chris Hawker and Professor Tim Davies, Head of UC's Hazard and Disaster Masters Programme, headed to Japan to undertake a number of visits in Nagoya and Kyoto and then attended the inaugural symposium for the Global Academic Network for Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction (GAND for short) hosted and led by Hyogo University. The symposium coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake which occurred on January 17th, 1995. The creation of the GAND has brought together seven universities who have had both academic and practical experience with disasters and thereby bring a unique perspective to the discussion on disaster risk reduction.

The inaugural members of the GAND are;

  • University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santago, Chile

  • Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

  • Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

  • Miyagi University, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

  • Sichuan University, Chengdu, China

  • University of Hyogo, Kobe, Japan

Symposium Photos:

Delegates to the GAND Symposium after signing the cooperative accord

UCR3 Director, Chris Hawker and Professor Tim Davies speaking at the symposium

December 2014

23 December


As a last act before a long anticipated Christmas holiday, I thought some cheer needed to be shared. This morning I attended a meeting where I was told about the following video "thank you" which our Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) had published to thank the community for their patience during the first half of the rebuild process. The reality of putting up with the rebuild and recovery process is just another part of our earthquake journey and being able to laugh about it is helpful. Thanks SCIRT, you are doing a great job and merry Christmas to you all.

SCIRT go dancing in the streets

15 December

In few days from now most people will be turning their thoughts to Christmas Day and what it might bring for us all. Some of us however have a different reality and our special colleague, Linda Cruse, is one of those. Linda is currently in the Carles region of the Philippines undertaking her life's purpose to help the most vulnerable people to recover from a devastating natural disaster. Linda wrote to me over the weekend with a little taste of her experiences which makes sombre reading when you place yourself mentally in the same position.

Linda's letter from the Front Line and Pass the Parcel campaign

11 December

In 2013 the Rockefeller Foundation launched their proposed new network titled 100 Resilient Cities. Since the concept was first promoted the University of Canterbury has been actively supporting Christchurch City's journey to firstly be selected as one of the first 33 cities to be named, and to then carry on to support the City's resilience development journey. UCR3 as been central to this journey and in September and October this year, UCR3's Director, Chris Hawker, joined a number of international expert reviewers to assist 100 Resilient Cities with the selection process for the next group of cities applying to join the network. The announcement of the cities chosen was made by Dr Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and the announcement can be viewed here.

We congratulate the cities chosen to join this amazing global network and especially congratulate Wellington City in becoming the second New Zealand City to be chosen.

100 Resilient Cities

November 2014

21 November


We have just concluded an amazing week hosting a study abroad group of both undergrad and postgrad emergency management students from Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia.

Charles Sturt University Study Abroad Group

CTV Interview with CSU students and Course Leader (segment starts at 16:57)

3 November


One of the most gratifying things about sharing knowledge and challenging thinking is seeing positive outcomes. Being able to support events like the recent ArchEng Student Workshop in Christchurch, Led by Joe Gamman, Manager for Education and Development for the Concrete Association, was a great pleasure. Our contribution to the start of the event was intended to get the students thinking about how and why we use particular spaces and what flexibility they might have when the world changes after a disaster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uozhNgknqBE&feature=youtu.be

Congratulations to all the students and to Joe for leading this fantastic event.

October 2014

29 October


At the close of the 2014 Bushfire and Natural Hazards Conference held in Wellington in September, Professor David Johnston (Massey Joint Centre for Disaster Research & GNS Science) gave the closing keynote address. David's presentation highlighted current work around human response behaviour during disasters, specicially around the Christchurch earthquakes, but also looked at the issues from a wider perspective. Professor Johnson's address can be accessed via the following link.

Professor David Johnston - Closing Keynote Address

23 October


UCR3's core mission includes supporting research projects which have relevance within the broad subjects of risk, resilience and renewal. To be able to highlight research publications as they are completed is a pleasure this month we pleased to highlight the work Lucie Ozanne has being undertaking over the last four years entitled "Developing Local Partners in Emergency Planning and Management", which focuses on community resilience through the development of the Lyttleton Time Bank. Lucie's report is available through the following link:

http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/bitstream/10092/8208/1/12646314_ozanne%20%26%20ozanne_Earth%20Quake_report.pdf

20 October


Proving the value of academia to swiftwater rescue experts

Associate Director Steve Glassey presented at this year’s Rescue 3 International Conference held at the Nantahala Outdoor Centre in North Carolina, USA. He presented on the world’s first graduate qualification named in search and rescue, namely the University of Canterbury Graduate Certificate in Public Safety (Search & Rescue), as well as how rescue practitioners can get involved with the Journal of Search and Rescue (JSAR) and delivered a myth busting lecture on submerged vehicle behaviour and escape techniques. There was strong interest from delegates from around the world in the new UC Graduate Certificate and proposed follow on Masters in Public Safety.

Steve also delivered the international award winning Swiftwater Recovery Specialist course he authored last year, with another eight US based instructors now qualified to deliver the programme. His efforts in championing swiftwater internationally including his volunteer work with the charity Rescue 3 New Zealand, was recognised with Steve being named the Rescue 3 International Instructor of the Year, the first time this award has been awarded in the Asia-Pacific region. Potential product research and development ideas as well as student research topics were also explored and may be pursued.

“The highlight of this trip was spending time with swiftwater rescue pioneer Fred ‘Slim’ Ray who wrote the first and still the most authoritative text on swiftwater rescue. When I started teaching swiftwater rescue over a decade ago, one of the first resources I purchased was Slim’s book. It was a privilege to discuss and debate the science behind swiftwater rescue. I think we both agree that  we are entering a new era of rescue due to the increased involvement of academia, one that is rich in research opportunities and likely to challenge the many assumptions and traditions we have in this emerging discipline” remarks Steve, who is also the Programme Director for Public Safety Studies.

UCR3 wishes to acknowledge the generosity of Rescue 3 International who financially supported travel costs associated with recent Steve’s trip and their continued support in marketing our new public safety studies programme.

Enrolments for the new Graduate Certificate in Public Safety are still open for domestic and international students. For more information visit:

www.publicsafety.ac.nz

Above: Fred “Slim” Ray with UCR3’s Steve Glassey in Asheville, NC.

10 October


In 2013 the Rockefeller Foundation pioneered the creation of a network of 100 Cities across the planet, which they offered to assist with the development of greater resilience through their organisation, 100 Resilient Cities. In the first round, 32 Cities were confirmed as the inaugural members of the Network, with the next 33 joining them in 2015. UCR3's Director, Chris Hawker, was humbled to be asked to contribute to the selection process for the next 33 Cities by acting as one of the expert reviewers who supported this programme. Chris commented that this was a wonderful opportunity to support the development of global resilience through these cities and he learned a considerable amount the challenges being faced by the cities he reviewed and in many cases he has huge respect for the manner in which those communities are already tackling their problems by making them opportunities for the future.

If you have not yet visited the 100 Resilient Cities Website, it is well worth your time to do so.

September 2014

5 September


Between 3 - 5 September, Professor Tim Davies and UCR3's Director, Chris Hawker, attended an international symposium held at the US National Institute for Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. The symposium was convened to support the Institute's mandate from the US President's Climate Action Plan which directed the Institute to "... convene a panel on disaster-resilience standards to develop a comprehensive, community-based resilience framework and provide guidelines for consistently safe building and infrastructure — products that can inform the development of private-sector standards and codes." The symposium posed the following questions;

  • What are the practical, measurable standards for community resilience?
  • What are the practical, measurable standards for infrastructure and buildings resilience?
  • What processes should be created to adopt and implement standards for community, infrastructure and buildings resilience?
  • What political, economic and social incentives can be created that would cause significant investment by the public sector, private sector, and individuals in bolstering community, infrastructure and buildings resilience?

Discussions were wide ranging and presented some interesting challenges from a very international perspective and although we maintain that "Resilience" is not something that can be placed in a box or under one single "standard", progress towards a greater understanding of how individual standards, and in some cases standardised approaches can be used, was achieved and we await the outcomes of the symposium with interest.

1 September


In November 2013 UCR3's Director, Chris Hawker, visited a number of organisations and institutions in British Columbia. During the visit Chris was asked to support the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) who were in the process of developing a training video for their staff to help them prepare for any potential disaster. Information becomes knowledge and prompting the practical application of that knowledge is the key purpose of the video. We congratulate VIHA for the effort they have gone to support their staff and to make significant steps towards being effectively prepared for a possible future event.



VIHA Disaster Preparedness Training Video

August 2014

21 August

Our first event in the "Aspects of Resilience" Seminar Series was a great success. Mr Mike Gillooly, Christchurch City's Chief Resilience Officer gave and excellent presentation highlighting the resilience development issues facing Christchurch, opportunities, and a possible framework for developing greater community resilience. Seminar attendees included many students and the Q&A session which followed Mike's presentation generated some interesting discussion. Our next seminar in this series is scheduled for Friday 26 September when we will have the pleasure of hearing from Dr Erica Seville and Dr John Vargo discussing The Importance of Organisations.

For more information on the Seminar Series, click HERE.

Mike Gillooly addressing the audience during seminar No. 1

14 August

Last night it was our great pleasure to celebrate the presentation of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (CDEM) Long Service Awards to six members of our UC Rescue Team at an awards ceremony held on campus in the Ilam Homestead. Awards Night.

13 August

 

Between June 30th & July 4th, the 2014 Understanding Risk Forum was held in London, UK. This was an important event with an international focus and New Zealand was well represented by the Hon Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch, and by Ms Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Ms Clark may have been representing the UN but we can still claim her as one of our own. For Christchurch this was especially relevant as the Mayor's understanding of, and contribution to, the topics on discussion comes from a very personal experience as a resident of Christchurch throughout the 2010 - 2011 earthquakes, as a member of New Zealand's Parliament at that time, and now as Mayor of Christchurch who is very passionate about developing a much greater level of resilience for the whole community. Lianne's presentation to UR 2014 can be accessed here.

6 August


Guest Lecture - Dr Suzanne Vallance, Lincoln University
How disasters have shaped our world and what can Christchurch learn about recovering from earthquakes

Suzanne has been lecturing at Lincoln University since 2008 and has a growing reputation as a human geographer with a particular interest in social sustainability and the socionatural dimensions of (urban) everyday life. The earthquakes in Canterbury have added a distinct edge to her work in this area. Suzanne presented a paper at the Australian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference in Brisbane in May this year and has been awarded a Marsden Fast Start grant to further her research on urban sustainability and resilience.

Location and Time: C2 Lecture Theatre - 6:00 pm

1 August


UCR3 is pleased to announce the start of an exciting new semiar series, Aspects of Resilience.
Seminars will focus on a wide range of subjects and will be provided by partner and supporting organisaitons such as Christchurch City Council, Resiliient Organisations and Lincoln University. We will also welcome expression of interest from any organisation who would like to contribute.

1 August


UCR3 welcomes Linda Cruse to campus. Linda is an internationally recognised leader in the field of humanitarian aid and described as a cross between Florence Nightingale and Indiana Jones, the lecture Linda is giving on 5 August is bound to be enlightening and challenging. UCR3's Spontaneous Lecture by Linda Cruse. Location and Time - Tuesday 5 August - James Hight Library Undercroft - Room 101

July 2014

1 July


UCR3 Launches the International Study Abroad Programme

June 2104

2 - 5 June

In June UCR3's Director, Chris Hawker and The head of UC's Hazard and Disaster Management Programme, Professor Tim Davies, attended the 16th annual FEMA Higher Education Symposium. Chris and Tim gave a joint presentation and led a workshop on day 2.

Chris Hawker & Tim Davies - Presentations to the 16th FEMA Higher Education Symposium

1 June


Kiwis to receive prestigous international search and rescue award

May 2014

22 May

UCR3 is pleased to formally launch its new Hosted Education Programme.

18 May


UCR3's Associate Director, Steve Glassey, is very passionate about the role pets play in disaster events. Steve has been researching this issue for a number of years and recently brought this subject to the forefront again following his presentation at the "Earth: Fire and Rain" disaster managment conference held in Brisbane earlier this month.

New Zealand Herald - "Pets need to be evacuated with families."

April 2014

15 April

Associate Director Steve Glassey presents at the 8th Asia Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officers (APPSNO) in Singapore.

March 2014

24 March

Christchurch officially joins the 100 Resilient Cities Network

13 March

UCR3 hosts AHA ACE delegation

The University of Canterbury hosts the emerging leaders of disaster management from ASEAN member states with the support of the New Zealand Aid Programme.

January 2014

31 January

Rural Organisations and Disasters

New Zealand’s natural disasters over the last three years have provided the perfect learning environment for University of Canterbury student Zach Whitman.  The 27-year-old PhD student from America has been studying with Resilient Organisations since 2010.

17 January

UCR3's Director, Chris Hawker, spoke at the UC Berkley Northridge 20 Symposium in Januray about the lessons the University of Canterbury learned and applied from their strong links with California State University - Northridge starting in 2007, and how valuable those were when the City of Christchurch and the University of Canterbury were badly affected during the 2010 - 2011 Canterbury Earthquakes.

Northridge 20 Symposium, Los Angeles, California


November 2013

18 November

UCR3 answers the call to respond to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

12 November

The Univeristy of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Foundation Degree was offered for the first time in New Zealand last week, as part of the UCR3 Swiftwater Rescue Master Class at Hanmer Springs.

October 2013

29 October

Associate Director Steve Glassey returns from presenting at the Annual Rescue 3 International Conference and being awarded Ambassador of the Year.

August 2013

UC disaster researchers attend the 38th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Application Workshop, Boulder, Colorado, USA – July 2013

8 August

Associate Director Steve Glassey talks to Alberta CBC Radio (MP3 Audio, 5.5Mb) on pet owner drowning.

April 2013

New Centre established

March 2013

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Seismics in the City logo The Second annual Seismics in the City event was held in Christchurch in March 2013 and the speakers at the event provided information, insights and inspiration as well as providing opportunities for feedback and input as Christchurch recovers from the destructive series of earthquakes from September 2010. UCR3’s Resilience Network Partner UC Ceismic has now made the presentations available through our QuakeStudies site and UCR3 and pleased to support access for people who were not able to attend the event.

Access the presentations here

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