After the earthquake, the priorities of the city changed overnight.
Wellington is part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project. It’s an ambitious project that aims to help cities prepare for challenges such as earthquakes or floods then bounce back fast when they happen. It’s not only about disasters. There’s also a focus on dealing with the myriad small stresses that can chip away at a city over time.
The Rockefeller Foundation gives member cities funding to hire a chief resilience officer. The money also pays for two years of expert consultancy. This helps the cities develop, then start implementing a resilience strategy.
Aecom associate director, sustainability and resilience, Marta Karlik-Neale, is Wellington’s support partner.