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Regional projects

Small earthquakes are frequently felt in New Zealand and we have active volcanoes in the North Island. EQC funds three distinct regional projects relevant to the different natural hazards in their communities. Each of these involves collaborating with local partners that help to ensure the practical application of new knowledge and information gained:

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It’s Our Fault

This long-term, comprehensive study of Wellington’s earthquake risk was established in 2006 and contributes to Wellington becoming a more resilient city.

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It looks at the likelihood of large Wellington earthquakes, their effects and the impact on people and the built environment, and ways to reduce or manage the risks associated with these events.

It's Our Fault is led by GNS Science with Massey University, NIWA, the University of Canterbury and Victoria University. EQC’s Research Strategy and Investment Manager Richard Smith chairs the steering committee.

EQC contributes funding alongside Wellington City Council, the Wellington Region Emergency Management Group, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Natural Hazards Research Platform.

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DEVORA stands for Determining Volcanic Risk in Auckland. It’s a collaborative project involving GNS Science, Auckland University and Massey University.

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It focuses on better understanding the Auckland volcanic field and the risk to the Auckland metropolitan area. It developed out of the 'Auckland: It's Our Volcano' project in 2008. EQC contributes funding alongside Auckland Council.

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East Coast LAB

Established in 2015 - it brings together scientists, emergency managers, experts and stakeholders from around the world to discover more about the region’s natural hazards and in particular the Hikurangi tectonic plate boundary – which could cause a subduction zone creating earthquakes, tsunami and volcanoes.

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East Coast LAB also offers a public education programme and has an interactive space at the National Aquarium.

EQC is a funding partner, along with local and regional councils, Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, crown research agencies GNS Science and NIWA, tertiary institutions and QuakeCoRE.

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