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Webinar on Insights from Community-based Workshops on Earthquake Early Warning System for Aotearoa New Zealand

On the 5th of August, we hosted a webinar sharing our insights from conducted eight community-based workshops on the feasibility study of community-engaged earthquake early warning system in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our team shared what we’ve learned from the engagements and shared the communities’ expectations and concerns.

After Dr Marion Tan’s introduction to the webinar, Dr Julia Becker opened the session by sharing what has been found in the previous research. Research outputs from Julia’s previous work can be found here: Earthquake early warning in Aotearoa New Zealand: a survey of public perspectives to guide warning system development and Scoping the potential for earthquake early warning in Aotearoa New Zealand: A sectoral analysis of perceived benefits and challenges.

Dr Raj Prasanna told us about the initiatives following up with the earlier findings, the overarching overview and expectations, what has been achieved and the next steps regarding the possible solutions of low-cost sensors in the communities to the earthquake early warning in New Zealand. He mentioned that it’s crucial to hear people’s voices prior to design & develop any technology solutions.

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata.

What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.

The community engagement and its high-level findings were shared by Associate Professor Anna Brown. Anna also highlighted the collaborations had with different stakeholders and the methodology adopted for community engagement. Anna elaborated on three broader thematic lenses and fourteen main topic areas identified from the eight community-based workshops. The workshops used a participatory design method supported by the comfort board and several relevant scenarios. This participatory approach allowed our participants to communicate openly on what they thought about having an earthquake early warning system in New Zealand. 

Followed by the findings research team shared and elaborated their reflections and takeaways throughout the process of conducting workshops in different parts of New Zealand, they especially highlighted the benefits identified by having these rich community conversations. 

Top: Dr Kristin Stock; bottom: Associate Professor Christine Kenney; left: Emily Lambie and right: Dr Caroline Holden

The full report is open for viewing and also available to download here. 

Watch the webinar here or through our CRISiSLab YouTube Channel.

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This Webinar is organised for the benefit of the Community of Practice on the Earthquake Early Warning in Aotearoa New Zealand. We will continue to make an effort to invite speakers from other parts of the globe to share expertise regarding the area. Please stay tuned for our next speaker. 

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