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Wellington Resilience Strategy moving forward: City Council reminded about the importance of business continuity planning within the wider strategy

Wellington City Council has been presented with 30 initiatives aimed at making the New Zealand capital city more resilient to acute shocks and chronic stresses resulting from major natural, social or economic events. The initiatives are contained in the city’s Resilience Strategy which was presented at a Council meeting this week.

The proposed initiatives have resulted from an extensive consultation examining the key areas for investment in Wellington’s resilience.

Globally, 100 cities are undertaking similar work as part of the 100 Resilient Cities movement, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Wellington’s Resilience Strategy has been led by a steering group comprising leaders from the Wellington insurance, academic, business, housing, government and social sectors. The steering group co-chairs are Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Professor David Johnston from the Joint Centre for Disaster Research.

Professor Johnston noted that the initiatives are a mix of long-term strategic initiatives and some short-term tactical initiatives that can be done more quickly. “It is great that the city is planning ahead to deal with things like sea-level rise, encouraging electric vehicles and trying to address issues like homelessness. But it is just as important to maintain momentum by building on smaller things, like business continuity planning and community building activities,” said Professor Johnston.

The range and type of the initiatives included in the Resilience Strategy inclue:

  • An integrated programme of activities and resources to help communities to build resilience.
  • Working with Wellington’s electricity sector to build in redundancy and flexibility to the supply.
  • Developing a 3D virtual-reality model of Wellington’s central city for planning and training.
  • Rebooting business continuity planning to achieve better penetration.


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