Local Government Profile

Wellington, New Zealand  
Hazard Types
Drought, Earthquake, Flood, Land Slide, Storm Surge, Tsunami, Wild Fire
Name of Mayor
Celia Wade-Brown
  • "Sharing of experiences and solutions is a key way of improving resilience in urban areas - a need which is becoming increasingly urgent with the worsening predictions, insufficient global action and impending consequences of climate change." Celia Wade-Brown

  • Hazard and vulnerability profile

  • The major fault-lines running through the city could experience a very strong or extreme earthquake at any time. A significant earthquake could see the city isolated for months, without full power, gas or sewerage and transport and water supply links compromised. The economic and social impact of such an event to the city, and nation, has been assessed at $NZ 37 billion.

  • Disaster Risk Reduction Activities

  • The Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office was established in 2012 to provide a strong cross-boundary response. Extensive research and education programmes on the impacts of major events have been undertaken in recent years, and the Council has carried out community dialogue on earthquake vulnerability and is planning a programme of engagement on climate change adaptation and city resilience during 2013.

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