EQC is a Crown entity, which operates a national natural disaster insurance scheme for homeowners.
An important part of EQC’s work is its significant support for research and education to better understand the nature and effects of natural disasters, so that communities can prepare for and become more resilient to, their consequences.
In 2001, EQC helped to establish GeoNet in partnership with GNS Science and Land Information New Zealand – EQC as owner and investor and GNS Science as a steward and developer. GeoNet remains at the heart of EQC’s research programme and EQC continues to be its primary funder.
GeoNet has become a leading exemplar in modelling collaborative ways of working where data is shared across users rather than each provider holding information privately. It is now at the hub of a wider community of practice of researchers and users that extends well beyond the original partnership of EQC and GNS Science.
As well as research and education, EQC:
For more information about EQC, visit www.eqc.govt.nz.
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is the New Zealand government department responsible for land titles, geodetic and cadastral survey systems, topographic information, hydrographic information, managing Crown property and a variety of other functions. LINZ is partnered with GeoNet on two major projects: the PositioNZ Network and the Tsunami Monitoring Network.
The partnership began with GeoNet installing the first LINZ PositioNZ station in 2002. Since then, the PositioNZ network has grown to 37 GNSS/GPS stations across New Zealand, the Chatham Islands and Antarctica. The primary purpose of this network is to monitor land deformation in relation to New Zealand’s official geodetic datum, NZGD2000.
Data collected from these sites is made available though the LINZ website. To gain access to the PositioNZ RINEX data and real-time data please visit apps.linz.govt.nz/positionz
LINZ was given a Cabinet Directive to build a near real-time tsunami monitoring network following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Given the success of the partnership formed between LINZ and GeoNet developed through the PositioNZ project, the tsunami network became a joint project.
The tsunami gauge network comprises of 17 sites located around the coast and on offshore islands. In consultation with LINZ and a panel of experts, GeoNet devised the configuration of the equipment required for the monitoring stations.
GeoNet maintains the PositioNZ and tsunami networks by carrying out a programme of preventative maintenance and responding to any equipment failures.
For further information visit LINZ’s website - www.linz.govt.nz
In 2018, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on behalf of and in partnership with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), joined the GeoNet family of stakeholders by investing in building capability to monitor and warn about geological hazards. This led to the launch of the National Geohazards Monitoring Centre (NGMC) in December 2018. The launch of the NGMC was the start of continuous awake monitoring on a 24/7 basis (with personnel on active duty at the Centre rather than on-call from home). The NGMC is designed to provide monitoring, information and advice services for the “four perils” - tsunami, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.
MBIE provides funding for strategic investment in research programmes and scientific infrastructure that has long-term beneficial impact on New Zealand’s health, economy, environment and society. MBIE’s GeoNet funding came through the Strategic Science Investment Fund and the Enhanced Geohazards Monitoring Contract.
For further information visit MBIE’s website - www.mbie.govt.nz
NEMA provides strong, national leadership to create an emergency management system that reduces the impact of emergencies. NEMA works with central and local government, communities, iwi, and business to make sure responses to and recoveries from emergencies are effective and integrated.
For further information visit NEMA’s website - www.civildefence.govt.nz