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Resilience Fund grants identify seismic expertise

Grass-roots projects to help communities respond to a large earthquake on the South Island’s Alpine Fault are among this year’s recipients of Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Resilience Fund grants.

The Resilience Fund is distributed on an annual basis and will allocate $844,000 to eight projects. Applications were considered by a panel against criteria with emphasis on improved collaboration, improved resilience locally and regionally, and consistent approaches.

“There was strong competition for funding this year, and the successful projects will boost New Zealand’s resilience to major events,” said Emergency Management Minister, Kieran McAnulty.

“The Resilience Fund taps the incredible resource of expertise we have in New Zealand and helps CDEM Groups test new ideas to benefit all New Zealanders.

“Many of the funds are connected to the Alpine Fault resilience work. We know from the latest scientific research that the Alpine Fault has a 75% chance of a major rupture within the next 50 years.

“An earthquake like that would have major impacts for the South Island and beyond, and this funding will help boost infrastructure resilience, enable isolated communities to quickly communicate with emergency responders and increase public awareness of the hazard.

“We’re also glad to be able to continue to support the AF8 project, which has done such vital work in helping us understand the Alpine Fault,” he said.

The Resilience Fund has previously enabled valuable projects including the AF8 Alpine Fault earthquake response plan, East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary) and the Marae Preparedness Toolkit.

“New Zealand faces a range of natural hazards. Cyclone Gabrielle this year was a powerful reminder of the extraordinary damage that natural hazards can cause to people’s lives and properties. It is so important that we continue to fund projects that will keep us all safer,” the Minister said.

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