Building Resilient Cities in New Zealand

The Christchurch earthquake in 2010 taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared for the worst. Shocks, like hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and floods; and stresses, like unemployment, homelessness and water shortages, can happen anywhere at any time. We need to be prepared in order to survive and thrive, regardless of the challenge.

100rc-logo-250x150100 Resilient Cities is working to “help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.”

Platform Partners provide the necessary tools, and Trimble is one of them, bringing Trimble eCognition Essentials to the platform.

Cities use Trimble eCognition Essentials software to leverage readily available satellite and aerial imagery from manned or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The result is timely and accurate land-use and mapping information accessed with a Geographic Information System (GIS).

This information is used to help design and implement the cities’ long-term resilience strategy. This allows them to better plan for and respond to stresses such as earthquakes and shocks like a recession. Trimble eCognition Essentials also enables city staff to import, fuse, interpret and analyse data. This then provides the staff with a greater understanding of their environments while expending minimal resources or time.

As of May 2016, the 100 Resilient Cities network has reached 100 members. The diverse and vast range of cities includes both Christchurch and Wellington.

Christchurch and Wellington City


On September 13, 2016, the city of Christchurch released its Resilience Strategy to help better withstand catastrophic events. Explore the strategy here.


Wellington is currently developing its own Resilience Strategy. With the City Council choosing between 30 proposed initiatives. These are aimed at reducing the impact of natural, social and economic threats.

“The city’s development of a Resilience Strategy has generated further momentum; there is a real appetite for risk reduction instead of just responding to stresses and shocks.  This strategy will provide a focus so that this generation can ensure that Wellington will be a better and safer place for our children and grandchildren, no matter what shocks or stresses they may face.” – Wellington’s Mayor Wade-Brown.

To learn more about Wellington City’s resilience challenge, click here.


You can learn more about 100 Resilient Cities on their website.