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Rotary Forum 2011

Is Wellington ready for the big one - lessons from the Canterbury earthquakes

Rotary Forum 2011 was held on 
Tuesday 18 October 2011 at Victoria University of Wellington

(Rutherford Building).


2011 ROTARY FORUM: Over the previous 12 months we had witnessed major disasters in New Zealand and overseas - the Canterbury earthquake and the Tsunami in Japan. While the main focus of the media is on survivor stories at a personal level, there are also very serious consequences at business and organisation level when these events occur.

For organisations to survive a major interruption to their activities, it is essential for business and community leaders to assess the key potential risks to their business, possible impacts, and options for ensuring that the organisation is sustainable.


The Rotary Club of Wellington, in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington co-hosted this major one day conference..

Report from the Rotary Forum of 18 October, 2011. Read it here.



Building resilience before the event

Restoring confidence and effectiveness

Leading people after the event

Rebuilding our future: is an earthquake required?

Conference Summary: lessons for Wellington

The focus in all sessions was around strategic issues for business, government, NGO and community organisations to help them learn the lessons from Canterbury so they can better prepare, respond and rejuvenate in a turbulent world. The conference was targeted at chief executives and senior managers with responsibility for organisational health and outcomes, service delivery, direction and planning, people and resources.

17 experts and leaders presented, starting from top left: Dr Alan Bollard, Allan Freeth, Dr Helen Anderson, Margaret Jeffries, Dave Middleton, Peter Townsend, Jacki Johnson, Steve Brazier(did not present on the day), Bill Butzbach, Geoff Bascand, Charles Waldegrave,  Richard Ballantyne, Professor Bruce Glavovic, Colin James, Ian Athfield, Roger Sutton and Fran Wilde.




Host for the Day: Hewitt Humphrey

Radio New Zealand Broadcaster and President-elect, Rotary Club of Wellington (2012) 

Welcome from James Austin, President of the Rotary Club of Wellington


Key Note: Dr Alan Bollard 

Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand


Theme 1: Building Resilience Before the Event

Chair: Glen Hughes

Southern Regional Manager, OPUS International Consultants


Allan Freeth

 CE, TelstraClear

Dr Helen Anderson

Director, BRANZ and Seismologist

Margaret Jeffries

Chair, Project Lyttelton

Dave Middleton

Formerly head of EQC, Chair, Resilient Organisations, University of Canterbury


Theme 2: Restoring Confidence and Effectiveness Immediately after an Event

Chair: Donald Bell

Territorial Commander, Salvation Army


Peter Townsend

CE, Canterbury Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturing

Jacki Johnson



Director Security And Risk Group, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Bill Butzbach  

Director Strategic Development, New Zealand Fire Service


Theme 3: Leading People After the Event

Chair: Mayor Celia Wade-Brown


Geoff Bascand 

CE, Statistics NZ

Charles Waldegrave 

Leader of the Family Centre Social Policy Research Unit

Richard Ballantyne

Executive Director, J Ballantyne & Co Limited

Professor Bruce Glavovic

Associate Director, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University


Theme 4: Rebuilding Our Future; Is an Earthquake Required?

Chair: Pat Walsh

Vice Chancellor, Victoria University of Wellington


Colin James 

Political Journalist and Analyst

Ian Athfield

Architect for Redesign Christchurch

Roger Sutton

CE, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA)


Conference Summary and Lessons for Wellington

Fran Wilde

 Chair, Greater Wellington Regional Council

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