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The foundation from which we stand strong, together

Toka Tū Ake EQC is a New Zealand crown entity investing in natural disaster research to help communities reduce their risks, and providing home insurance to help communities get their lives back on track after an event.

Natural hazards where you live What we do

Toka Tū Ake EQC has adopted a new name to better represent the role our scheme plays in supporting New Zealanders.

Our new name reflects the whakapapa of our nation. Our land is constantly changing from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslips and floods. Communities have lived alongside those perils for hundreds of years, and Māori have always believed the relationship and connection of people to land and nature is inseparable. 


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Toka Tū Ake EQC adds catastrophe bonds to new record high reinsurance portfolio

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 time.

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New research reveals how earthquakes can shift rivers out of place

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.

PhD student Erin McEwan, from the University of Canterbury, hopes it will help to raise awareness around the understudied earthquake multi-hazard.

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Engineer to use prestigious award to further improve building practices

Structural engineering lecturer Dr Lucas Hogan is celebrating winning the prestigious Toka Tū Ake EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner award for his natural hazard research which has changed building practices in New Zealand.

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Research may have major impact on concrete wall construction

Researchers at the University of Canterbury are conducting earthquake testing to better understand the performance of a construction technique called staggered lapsed splices, which is used to connect the steel bars in reinforced concrete walls to the steel bars coming out of the foundations.