Adapting Policy Following Cascading Natural Hazards: Case Study of Christchurch, New Zealand

William Siembieda, Rebecca Lynn Teasley, Liam Wotherspoon


Major disasters create new conditions and adaptation of policy for recovery and reconstruction must occur in response to the new physical changes. Christchurch, New Zealand has historically been prone to earthquake and floods and had developed policy to related to management and damage. Following the 2010-2011 Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (CES) new policies were developed for recovery. Starting in 2013, it became clear that flooding in the area had increased due to the CES. This paper examines how policy has changed in Christchurch New Zealand related to both natural hazards and discusses where potential gaps appear in current policy


earthquake; flood; policy

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