Canterbury Earthquakes Symposium

The Canterbury Earthquakes Symposium, announced earlier this year by Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, will be an event of national importance.

The aim is sharing lessons from the Canterbury earthquakes so that New Zealand as a whole can be better prepared in future for any similar natural disasters.

It will be held on 29-30 November 2018 at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch and will feature cross-sector experts and representatives from the community.

Speakers and presenters include urban planner specialising in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management, Dr Laurie Johnson; Christchurch NZ chief executive and former Press editor, Joanna Norris; academic researcher and designer, Barnaby Bennett; filmmaker, Gerard Smyth; and Ngāi Tahu chief executive, Arihia Bennett.

About 300 local and national participants from the public, private, voluntary sectors and academia have been invited to the Symposium. They represent those involved in the Canterbury recovery effort, and also leaders of organisations that may be impacted by future disasters or involved in recovery efforts. The focus of the Symposium is on ensuring that we learn from the Canterbury experience and that we can apply those learnings.

The Symposium programme also includes oral and poster presentations from recovery practitioners and within academia that focus on practical and future-focused lessons.

The full Symposium programme can be downloaded here.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact

Date: 29-30 November 2018
Venue: University of Canterbury, Christchurch

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