Transitioning Taranaki to a Volcanic Future

  • Cronin, Shane J. (Chief Investigator)
  • Wilson, Thomas (Chief Investigator)
  • Brenna, Marco (Chief Investigator)
  • Rushmer, Tracy (Primary Chief Investigator)
  • Bebbington, Mark S. (Chief Investigator)
  • McDonald, Garry (Chief Investigator)
  • Turner, Simon (Chief Investigator)
  • McCallion, Aaron (Chief Investigator)
  • Wang, Ting (Chief Investigator)
  • Jolly, Arthur (Chief Investigator)
  • Wreford, Anita (Chief Investigator)
  • Ukstins, Ingrid (Chief Investigator)
  • Magill, Christina (Partner Investigator)
  • Schipper, C. Ian (Chief Investigator)
  • Pardo, Natalia (Chief Investigator)

Project: Research

Project Details


The government has a strategic priority to identify risks to NZ’s intergenerational wellbeing, with natural disasters indicated as among the most important to financial/physical/human capitals. Our proposed research will build the knowledge and tools to support NZ to adapt and transform to such threats, including an inevitable long-term eruption of Mt. Taranaki (50% chance/next 50 years) presenting wide risks to the central-upper North Island. In line with the draft National Disaster Resilience Strategy, we focus not only on active management for specific risks/assets, but also on generic resilience adaptations.
The project also draws heavily on Mātauranga Māori, recognising that in the face of disruption, robust business and community decisions require partnerships and collaboration, and can draw on whakaoranga processes. The government is also committed towards regional development and the draft tourism
strategy recognises opportunities afforded by Māori culture and provision of unique visitor experiences. In Taranaki, with recent settlements and investment priorities signalled around mountain tourism, there is now a priority-need to build volcanic/risk capabilities and inform the region’s strategic vision. We will lever international knowledge and practice through comparative studies in Italy, Indonesia, Mexico and
the USA, where communities are similarly preparing for, or living through long-term volcanic disruption.
Short titleTaranaki
Effective start/end date1/10/1930/09/24