What we do
In this section you can learn more about our research, education, insurance and fund management roles.
Insurance and claims
Resilience and research
Research and resilience
Ways to make your home stronger and safer in the event of a natural disaster.
EQCover can help get you back on your feet after a natural disaster
What you're covered for
EQCover applies to several types of natural hazard damage
Natural Disaster Fund
Find out what the Natural Disaster Fund is used for and how it's invested
Our research programme is a core part of our Resilience Strategy for Natural Hazard Risk Reduction and is part of our function under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993.
Our role in a natural disaster
We’re implementing a purchase order system
Natural disaster insurance
EQCover insurance overview
Natural Disaster Response Model
Natural disaster response model page
Make or manage an EQCover claim
Many new EQCover claims can be managed by your private insurer. This page provides more information.
Requesting claim information
If you want information about the history of a claim, find out more here
Process for managing EQCover claims
Making urgent repairs
Making urgent repairs
Projects on the go, how to apply for funding, search for research results
Data and modelling
Major data and loss modelling projects
Risk reduction and resilience
How we work to reduce risk and build resilience
Creating an Aotearoa New Zealand that is better informed about our natural hazards and more prepared for their impacts.
Making your home safer for natural hazards
Features to look for in a property
Building and renovating
Make your investment last
Apartments and shared property
What to think about and how to prepare
Ways to make your rental home safer
Natural hazards where you live
Know what hazards could affect the area you live in
Ways to protect your investment
Useful information to help you prepare
Natural disaster insurance ›
A house is often a homeowner’s most valuable asset, so it’s important to protect your home against loss or damage caused by natural disasters.
You automatically purchase EQCover if you have private insurance (that includes fire insurance) when the natural disaster happens.
Find out what you're covered for with EQCover here.
Insurance is about peace of mind but don’t just buy it and put it out of mind.
Calculating the cost of rebuilding your home can be complicated. The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) recommends people use the Cordell calculator.(external link) You could also pay for a registered quantity surveyor, builder and/or architect to provide an estimate.