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
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
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Natural disaster insurance
EQCover insurance overview
Natural Disaster Response Model
Natural disaster response model page
Make or manage an EQC 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
Apartments and shared property
What to think about and how to prepare
Building and renovating
Make your investment last
Ways to make your rental home safer
Ways to protect your investment
Natural hazards where you live
Know what hazards could affect the area you live in
Useful information to help you prepare
The EQC Risk Reduction and Resilience team is led by Sarah-Jayne McCurrach. The team leverages the research and data EQC funds to advocate, influence and where possible implement the reduction of natural hazard damage.
You can reach the team by emailing Resilience@eqc.govt.nz or read the team bios below for more information about their expertise and how you can contact them.
Manager Risk Reduction and Resilience
Sarah-Jayne came to EQC after successfully leading numerous national-level projects and programmes of work to improve hazard risk management decisions and outcomes in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.
Sarah-Jayne has a passion for building strong, knowledge-aware communities regarding hazard and risk, so everyone in Aotearoa New Zealand is empowered to make their own choices regarding the risks they face. She also has Chair roles within UNESCO’s Pacific Tsunami Warning System and is supporting the organisation of the seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2022.
Principal Advisor Risk Reduction and Resilience
Wendy is EQC’s land use planning specialist. Following her PhD on risk-based land use planning, she has worked with councils to develop and implement their risk-based planning policies, and on the science side at GNS Science.
At EQC, she leads the Smarter Land Use plan with a full focus on how land use planning can reduce natural hazard risk.
Warren is a meteorology and climate change specialist.
Warren trained as weather forecaster before studying meteorology in the UK. He returned to work for NIWA in weather hazards, and for the Ministry for the Environment in climate science. Warren has also had secondments to Stats NZ, MPI and LINZ.
At EQC, he leads the programme around the development of the Risk and Resilience Portal.
Senior Advisor Risk Reduction and Resilience
Ali started out studying geography at the University of Cambridge. He worked in a flood risk consultancy in the United Kingdom, before coming to Aotearoa New Zealand to do his EQC-funded PhD on disaster risk and resilience at the University of Canterbury. He then moved to the NationalEmergency Management Agency before joining EQC. Ali is leading the development of EQC’s internal climate change adaptation plan, alongside work on the National Hazard Scenario Database and submissions on government policy.
Advisor Risk Reduction and Resilience
Caleb is a licensed professional engineer from California. After some years practising structural engineering, a passion for risk reduction led him to Aotearoa New Zealand, where he thought people might know a few things about disasters. He completed a Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience and postgraduate studies in earthquake engineering at the University of Canterbury. He is currently developing EQC’s “Resilient Homes and Buildings Action Plan”.