Issue 46 – February 2013
IPENZ recently released a policy report on A Safer New Zealand: Reducing our Exposure to Natural Hazards. The introduction states, 'As an island nation on the boundary of two tectonic plates straddling a mid-latitude zone of strong westerly winds, New Zealand is susceptible to a wide range of natural hazards. These include earthquakes, liquefaction, tsunami, volcanic eruption, flooding, storms, coastal erosion and land instability.
'The purpose of this report is to:
- consider the impact natural hazards have on New Zealand's buildings, infrastructure and land use, and to identify the knowledge gap
- question whether the current regulatory framework is appropriate and to propose improvements
- propose decision-making processes for reducing exposure to natural hazards.
'This report's scope is confined to the 'reduction' component of the '4Rs' of emergency management – reduction, readiness, response, and recovery. Reduction involves identifying and analysing long-term risks to life and property and, if appropriate, taking steps to eliminate or reduce them. While this report's scope is limited to the reduction issue, it is acknowledged there are interrelationships and interdependencies between reduction, readiness, response, and recovery strategies in reducing overall risk exposure.'
Summarised from the IPENZ website.