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Volcanic Missiles Help Auckland Prepare For Threats From Below

Wednesday, 20 January 2021, 10:04 am | Earthquake Commission

Scientists unleashing volcanic ballistics onto Kiwi roofs hope to help Aucklanders understand and manage their volcanic hazards. “Auckland sits on an active volcanic field with 53 known volcanic centres and it is likely there will be an eruption in ... More >>

EQC Receives Nearly 6,000 Applications For On-solds Support Package

Monday, 7 December 2020, 10:15 am | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) received nearly 6,000 applications from Canterbury homeowners for the Government’s On-solds support package, with more than half arriving in the month before the 14 October 2020 deadline. EQC is now working through a process ... More >>

EQC Thanks And Commends The Claimant Reference Group For Its Commitment

Friday, 27 November 2020, 2:54 pm | Earthquake Commission

Earthquake Commission Chief Executive Sid Miller today thanked the Claimant Reference Group (CRG) for its advocacy of the interests of claimants as they negotiate EQC claims management processes. The CRG was established in October 2018 and has worked ... More >>

National Landslide Database Invaluable Asset To New Zealand

Thursday, 19 November 2020, 10:08 am | Earthquake Commission

A new database for landslides will become an invaluable asset for any organisation involved in planning housing and infrastructure in New Zealand, says EQC’s Chief Resilience and Research Officer Jo Horrocks. The Earthquake Commission has been working ... More >>

Less Than Two Weeks To Apply For On-solds Support Package

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 2:38 pm | Earthquake Commission

Time is running out for Canterbury homeowners who unknowingly bought a house with missed earthquake damage to apply for the Government’s On-solds support package. Administered on behalf of the Government by EQC, the $300 million On-sold support ... More >>

Marlborough Gravelly Soil Could Provide A New Understanding Of Liquefaction

Monday, 7 September 2020, 3:26 pm | Earthquake Commission

Scientists today started drilling deep into the fertile Marlborough land to gain new understanding of liquefaction in gravelly soils, and the impact of their findings will reach beyond our shores. Prior to the Kaikōura quake it was thought that only ... More >>

New Research To Help Businesses Increase Seismic Safety

Monday, 7 September 2020, 11:36 am | Earthquake Commission

New research aims to reduce injuries in future earthquakes by collating and sharing what New Zealand companies have done to protect their staff and customers. Over 3500 people were injured in the Canterbury earthquakes by masonry, bricks or other projectiles ... More >>

EQC Well Advanced In Implementing Inquiry Recommendations

Monday, 31 August 2020, 1:19 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission has embraced the findings by Dame Silvia Cartwright’s Public Inquiry into EQC and is well advanced in implementing all recommendations to make improvements across the organisation. EQC Chairperson Mary-Jane Daly says ... More >>

New Law Will Help Tenants Make Their Homes Safer For Earthquakes

Monday, 17 August 2020, 12:09 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) says a recent law change will make it easier for tenants to “quake-safe” their homes. One of the changes in the Residential Tenancies Amendment Act specifies that landlords must not unreasonably withhold consent for ... More >>

Kiwi Kids Embark On Virtual Field Trip To Learn About Alpine Fault

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 12:28 pm | Earthquake Commission

Students from around New Zealand will soon embark on a unique field trip to discover the incredible powers which created the South Island landscape and still pose a threat to our communities. And they will be all be able to do this from the safety of their ... More >>

COVID-19 Sees Natural Hazard Awareness Information Taken Online

Thursday, 30 July 2020, 11:32 am | Earthquake Commission

In late March, as the nation went into lockdown for COVID-19, local hazard education providers AF8 (Alpine Fault magnitude 8) and East Coast Life at the Boundary (East Coast LAB) had hoped to be on the road, informing local communities about the risk ... More >>

Multi-fault Quakes – It’s Complicated

Wednesday, 15 July 2020, 12:16 pm | Earthquake Commission

EQC-funded research at the University of Canterbury is trying to pinpoint where faults might set each other off, creating a major multi-fault earthquake, and to estimate what the maximum magnitude could be. Lead researcher Dr Tim Stahl says that ... More >>

EQC Allocates $3m To Country’s Top Scientists For Natural Hazards Research

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:03 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is launching a revamped $3 million University Research Programme to support EQC’s aim of building New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazards. From today, the programme will fund eight leading scientists at Auckland, ... More >>

More Time For Canterbury Homeowners To Get Funding For Earthquake Repairs

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 4:03 pm | Earthquake Commission

Canterbury homeowners of on-sold, over-cap properties are being urged to apply for financial help to repair earthquake damage, and now they have an extra two months to apply. The deadline has been extended to 14 October 2020 for people who purchased ... More >>

EQC Successfully Renews New Zealand $6.2b Reinsurance Programme

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 10:24 am | Earthquake Commission

EQC has successfully renewed its $6.2 billion reinsurance programme for the forthcoming year. “International reinsurers have again shown their ongoing confidence in New Zealand and the Earthquake Commission with this year’s agreement which commenced ... More >>

‘A Lot On Our Plates’ – Kiwis Invited To Take Part In New Campaign

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 11:26 am | Earthquake Commission

Aotearoa New Zealand is a land shaped by immense plate boundary forces. Now, a new education campaign wants to make Kiwis more aware about the risk those forces pose and encourage them to take steps to be better prepared for the next earthquake or ... More >>

EQC Apologises For The Unintended Release Of Claims Information

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 12:00 pm | Earthquake Commission

The Earthquake Commission today apologises unreservedly to customers whose claims information was unintentionally shared with one of its customers and their lawyer. Chief Executive Officer Sid Miller says what is most disappointing about the incident ... More >>

EQC Encourages Homeowners To Lodge A Claim For The Levin Earthquake

Monday, 25 May 2020, 4:28 pm | Earthquake Commission

EQC Deputy Chief Executive Renée Walker says that EQC had received a small number of claims from today’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 37km, centred 30km north-west of Levin. “This was a slab event, relatively deep, the energy was widely ... More >>

East Coast Shellfish Unlock Earthquake History

Thursday, 21 May 2020, 11:19 am | Earthquake Commission

New EQC-funded research will enable scientists to pinpoint with more accuracy the frequency and size of large past earthquakes and tsunamis on the east coast of the North Island. By radiocarbon dating shells, GNS Science researcher Dr Kate Clark ... More >>

New Online Game Helps Kiwi Kids Learn Important Messages

Friday, 1 May 2020, 10:02 am | Earthquake Commission

A new online game developed by New Zealand disaster recovery agencies is the latest weapon in the war against COVID-19. What’s The Plan Stan? is a free online game developed to teach primary school children how to be prepared for emergencies, and ... More >>