What we do
In this section you can learn more about our research, education, insurance and fund management roles.
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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 Response Model
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Making urgent repairs
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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
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Natural hazards where you live
Know what hazards could affect the area you live in
Useful information to help you prepare
New Zealand-based researchers are world leaders in natural hazards research. Our Ivan Skinner and Fulbright Awards recognise exceptional research talent.
The EQC/NZSEE Ivan Skinner Award is an annual award worth $10,000. It aims to advance the common interest of EQC and the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (NZSEE) in promoting research that reduces the impacts of earthquakes on New Zealand communities.
People eligible to apply are: an earthquake engineering researcher who has already demonstrated high promise with early achievements; an undergraduate student or individual holding other relevant qualifications, who shows exceptional promise in contributing to the field of earthquake engineering research; or someone employed in a role in which earthquake engineering research is relevant and undertaken.
2022 award winner Shahab Ramhormozian
2022: Dr Shahab Ramhormozian 2021: Dr Ashkan Hashemi2020: Najif Ismail2019: Kaley Crawford-Flett2018: Richard Henry and Timothy Sullivan2017: Dmytro Dizhur2015: Dr Liam Wotherspoon2014: Dr Geoffrey Rodgers2013: Dr Alessandro Palermo2012: Dr Brendon Bradley2010: Dr Quincy Ma2008: Assoc Prof Misko Cubrinovski2007: Assoc Prof Rajesh Dhakal2006: Assoc Prof Stefano Pampanin
The award commemorates Dr Ivan Skinner, who conceived the idea of ‘base isolation’ to protect buildings and bridges during earthquakes. Ivan is best remembered for his work at the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research during the 1960s. From 1994-2006, he was EQC’s Research Director. Ivan was a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of NZSEE, and was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in 1990.
The Fulbright-EQC Graduate Award in Natural Disaster Research recognises the achievement and potential of an outstanding New Zealand graduate student. It provides the opportunity for post-graduate study and natural disaster research at a university in the United States.
One award is offered each year to a graduate who shows academic excellence, leadership potential, and the ability to be a cultural ambassador for New Zealand. The closing date for applications is 1 August.
2020 Recipient Jesse Kearse
2020: Jesse Kearse(external link)2019: Danielle Lindsay(external link)2018: Amanda Wallis(external link) 2016: Alex Shegay2015: Viranchi Patel2014: Max Ferguson2013: William McVitty2012: Jonathan Watkins2008: Geoff Rogers and Aaron Wilson2006: Clinton Mexted-Freeman2004: Ben Mackey and Liam Wotherspoon
Visit the NZSEE and Fulbright websites to find out about eligibility, how to apply and make an application.