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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

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Research tackles history and mystery around Auckland lava caves

"Many people know there are lava caves underlying the volcanic parts of Auckland, but the exact information is spread around lots of different groups"

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Making New Zealand a world leader in volcanic research

As the country’s transport and economic hub, and home to 1.6 million people, an eruption in Auckland would have enormous impacts not just on the city itself but on all of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Toka Tū Ake EQC awards $1.2 million for natural hazards resilience research

Fourteen research teams were awarded funding to help better understand our natural hazard risks and find ways to reduce the impact of those hazards.

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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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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