EQ Recovery Learning

Nationally and internationally there is a gap in knowledge, practical tools and capacity to recover from disasters. We have an opportunity to share relevant insights and experiences that will equip leaders and communities involved in disaster recovery and complex challenges.

The EQ Recovery Learning website is part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. We work with organisations and groups across recovery, including the private sector, community organisations, social enterprise and government, to bring together the collective learning from the Canterbury earthquakes.

Creating a positive learning environment

It is important to create a learning environment that honours those who lost their lives in the February 2011 earthquake, and the effort and commitment of all those who have contributed to the Canterbury earthquake recovery. This is a no blame learning environment and we follow these principles:

  • Whakawhanaungatanga: Creating respectful and trusting relationships
  • Manaakitanga: Acting with integrity, generosity and compassion
  • Kotahitanga: Unity of purpose, acting as one
  • Kaitiakitanga: Guardianship on behalf of future generations
  • Whakaritenga: Negotiating challenges, change and acceptance

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Our learning infrastructure

We have found five common themes that are useful to consider when working in recovery: Understanding the Recovery Context, Leadership and Governance, Resource Allocation, Communication and Community Engagement, and Conditions for Innovation. These themes affect everyone in the recovery process, from organisations to everyone living in Canterbury. They help us to understand the learning from the Canterbury recovery. 

Explore these themes.

Working on the Canterbury recovery and want to be involved?

Your reflections and experiences in recovery are powerful. There is value in undertaking your own learning process, to share your successes and challenges, what worked and what you would do differently.

You may be wondering where you would even begin. A good place to start is to ask yourself this question: What advice do you wish you had been given when you started your recovery journey? It is likely that this advice will help others who are in the same position as you were.

Guidance is available to help identify your key learning.

Have learning to share?

Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss how to approach a learning process that best suits your community, organisation or agency.
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