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Projects on the go

At any one time, Toka Tū Ake EQC is funding more than 30 projects all aiming to reduce the impact of natural hazards on people and property.

Full list of research currently under way

List of current Toka Tū Ake EQC-funded projects

Current highlights

Professor Anthony Hoete
Endangered indigenous Māori construction methods revived

Internationally acclaimed architect and researcher Professor Anthony Hoete has returned from a successful career in London to work with communities here to revive ancient Māori construction techniques.

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Greywacke rock research unlocks secrets of earthquake faults

The ‘ugly duckling’ in New Zealand geology is finally getting the attention it deserves thanks to new Toka Tū Ake EQC-funding into how greywacke rocks behave before, during and after earthquakes.

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NZ’s communication of volcanic risk under the spotlight

Research funded led by Massey University’s Associate Professor Julia Becker could drive fundamental changes to the way New Zealand agencies communicate and respond to volcanic risk.

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Fibre network to help understand earthquakes in Auckland

Researchers will soon start using Auckland’s fibre network to study smaller earthquakes that could help to detect volcanic activity under the city.

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New research confirms major seismic events in West Otago

Research on the Nevis Fault, Otago, confirms the low-seismicity area has potential to create an earthquake similar in size to that of the 2010 Darfield event.

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Ocean floor view to give clearer picture of subduction zone earthquakes

Focus on ‘locked’ part of the Hikurangi Subduction Zone to reveal potential earthquake and tsunami risk.

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Protecting houses from volcanic missiles

University of Canterbury researchers have been unleashing volcanic missiles to help Aucklanders understand the impact of volcanic hazards on their homes.

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Volcanic ash forecasting

Improving forecasting of when and where volcanic ash will fall

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Liquefaction in gravelly soil

Testing soil composition and how gravelly soil liquefies

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Morrinsville fault research

Investigating Te Puninga Fault activity near Morrinsville

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Structural insulated panels

Testing the seismic strength of structural insulated panels

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Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland (DEVORA)

Volcanic risk for Auckland and how impacts can be reduced

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It’s Our Fault

All about Wellington earthquake risk

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Defining Feilding fault risk

Investigating the Rauoterangi Fault

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Seismic strength of bridges

Whirokino bridge real world strength testing