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Kiwi Earthquake Innovations Tested On One Of The World’s Largest Shake Tables

Monday, 4 March 2024, 11:04 am | Earthquake Commission

Real-life earthquake testing on three-storey buildings in one of the world’s biggest earthquake laboratories has delivered stunning results and endorsements for New Zealand engineering solutions. With the support of EQC Toka Tū Ake and a number of New Zealand ... More >>

New Building Design Guidance Culmination Of Decades Of Seismic Engineering Research

Thursday, 15 February 2024, 11:53 am | Earthquake Commission

Updated engineering guidance to help with the design of new buildings in New Zealand has been the culmination of decades of natural hazard research funded by Toka Tū Ake EQC and other research agencies. Standards New Zealand have today put out a draft ... More >>

Consultation Opens On New Dispute Resolution Scheme

Wednesday, 7 February 2024, 1:39 pm | Earthquake Commission

Consultation opens today on a new, independent dispute resolution scheme to support insured homeowners disputing decisions about their natural hazards insurance claims under the new Natural Hazards Insurance Act 2023 (NHI Act). The NHI Act comes into ... More >>

New Tsunami Kiosk Teaches Lessons From Tragic Past

Friday, 2 February 2024, 11:59 am | Earthquake Commission

A special tsunami exhibition with hi-tech animations uses lessons from a tragic past to help residents on Rēkohu Wharekauri/Chatham Islands to be better prepared for future devastating mega-waves. Several six-metre waves claimed over 20 lives ... More >>

Research Tackles History And Mystery Around Auckland Lava Caves

Wednesday, 24 January 2024, 3:00 pm | Earthquake Commission

Homeowners and developers are discovering approximately one new lava cave a month in the Auckland Volcanic Field (AVF), and a new research project aims to create a complete database of historical records and new discoveries. <img src="" ... More >>

Seismic Testing Of Ancient Bridge Provides Stunning Results

Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 1:02 pm | Earthquake Commission

Extreme laboratory testing on an 84-year-old bridge at the University of Auckland has provided promising insights for key infrastructure across New Zealand. “We beat the snot out of it, well beyond the displacement we would expect in a large ... More >>

Toka Tū Ake EQC Awards $1.2 Million For Research To Boost New Zealand’s Resilience To Natural Hazards

Monday, 4 December 2023, 10:41 am | Earthquake Commission

Toka Tū Ake EQC (Earthquake Commission) has awarded 14 research teams a total of more than $1.2 million in this year’s Biennial Grants round. These research projects aim to help better understand our natural hazard risks and find ways to reduce the ... More >>

World Tsunami Awareness Day Reminds Us To Get Prepared

Friday, 3 November 2023, 10:06 am | Earthquake Commission

Tsunami are a powerful force of nature and a real risk we face here in New Zealand. The good news, says Sarah-Jayne McCurrach, Head of Risk Reduction and Resilience for Toka Tū Ake EQC, is that we often have some warning before they arrive, and ... More >>

Consultation Opens On Code Of Insured Persons’ Rights

Monday, 30 October 2023, 11:56 am | Earthquake Commission

Toka Tū Ake EQC is implementing a range of initiatives to prepare for new legislation that comes into effect on 1 July 2024. The Natural Hazards Insurance Act 2023 (NHI Act) replaces the Earthquake Commission Act and takes effect on 1 July 2024. Many ... More >>

Toka Tū Ake EQC Launches Natural Hazards Portal

Tuesday, 29 August 2023, 1:42 pm | Earthquake Commission

Toka Tū Ake EQC has launched a website that makes it easier for New Zealanders to find information on natural hazard risks in their communities. This includes being able to see settled EQCover claims on residential properties and land throughout ... More >>

Toka Tū Ake EQC Awards $4.5m To Universities For Natural Hazard Research Boost

Friday, 4 August 2023, 10:59 am | Earthquake Commission

Ten university research teams have been awarded a combined $4.5 million funding from Toka Tū Ake EQC, to boost Aotearoa New Zealand’s understanding of natural hazards and the effects on our communities. The research topics include ways to build ... More >>

Toka Tū Ake EQC Adds Catastrophe Bonds To New Record High Reinsurance Portfolio

Thursday, 1 June 2023, 11:02 am | Earthquake Commission

Toka Tū Ake EQC has secured a record level of reinsurance just under $8.2 billion, up from $7.4 billion last year, for New Zealand homeowners. The portfolio now includes reinsurance via catastrophe bonds, which Toka Tū Ake EQC has secured for the first ... More >>

New Research Reveals How Earthquakes Can Shift Rivers Out Of Place

Tuesday, 23 May 2023, 9:58 am | Earthquake Commission

Research funded by Toka Tū Ake EQC is filling a ‘gap’ in existing knowledge about the immediate impact of earthquakes on rivers, including changing what we can predict about how they might change course or flood as a result. <img src="" ... More >>

Seismic Testing May Have Major Impact On Concrete Wall Construction

Thursday, 27 April 2023, 2:35 pm | Earthquake Commission

Research into the technique used to connect reinforced concrete walls to their foundations is set to have a significant impact on the New Zealand construction industry. Researchers at the University of Canterbury are conducting earthquake testing to better understand ... More >>

Kiwi Researchers Find Cost-effective Solutions To Strengthen Earthquake-prone Buildings

Tuesday, 18 April 2023, 9:37 am | Earthquake Commission

Research funded by Toka Tū Ake EQC has demonstrated that wrapping weak spots in concrete walls with carbon-fibre straps can strengthen earthquake-prone high-rise buildings well beyond the demands of the building code. The research findings will ... More >>

Fulbright Scholar Captures Invaluable Seismic Data During Stint In California

Wednesday, 5 April 2023, 11:03 am | Earthquake Commission

Geoscientist Jesse Kearse has returned from California with a treasure trove of earthquake data which he expects to be invaluable to explain and predict behaviour of fault lines in New Zealand. The scientist from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University ... More >>

Award-winning AF8 Roadshow Visits More West Coast Communities

Wednesday, 29 March 2023, 12:07 pm | Earthquake Commission

The award-winning AF8 [Alpine Fault magnitude 8] roadshow is visiting more communities in the West Coast this year, to help more people be better prepared for a large-scale earthquake. The "AF8 Roadshow: The Science Beneath Our Feet", sponsored ... More >>

Historic 1987 Edgecumbe Earthquake Photos Contribute Towards Natural Disaster Resilience

Tuesday, 21 March 2023, 12:15 pm | Earthquake Commission

Research using innovative techniques has revealed the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake caused more land damage than initially thought, after comparing aerial photos of the landscape before and after the event. <img src="" ... More >>

What You Need To Know About EQCover After A Storm

Thursday, 2 March 2023, 1:37 pm | Earthquake Commission

Dealing with the aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle and other severe weather events have raised many questions among homeowners about where they can find the appropriate support from Toka Tū Ake EQC and their private insurer. “We understand the unbearable ... More >>

Understanding Perceptions About Natural Hazards In Lower Seismic Areas

Thursday, 26 January 2023, 10:39 am | Earthquake Commission

Do people who live in regions of lower seismic activity in Aotearoa New Zealand think about and prepare well for earthquakes in their regions? A research project funded by Toka Tū Ake EQC will provide a better understanding about what influences ... More >>





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