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Community-led disaster risk management: A Māori response to Ōtautahi (Christchurch) earthquakes

Kenney, Christine M., Phibbs, Suzanne R., Paton, Douglas, Reid, John and Johnston, David M. (2015). Community-led disaster risk management: A Māori response to Ōtautahi (Christchurch) earthquakes. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies,19(1):9-20.

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IRMA ID 81144320xPUB29
Title Community-led disaster risk management: A Māori response to Ōtautahi (Christchurch) earthquakes
Author Kenney, Christine M.
Phibbs, Suzanne R.
Paton, Douglas
Reid, John
Johnston, David M.
Journal Name Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies
Publication Date 2015
Volume Number 19
Issue Number 1
ISSN 1174-4707   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84929247376
Start Page 9
End Page 20
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication New Zealand
Publisher Massey University * School of Psychology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Since September 2010, a series of earthquakes have caused widespread social, financial and environmental devastation in Christchurch, New Zealand. Anecdotal evidence suggests that local Māori responded effectively to facilitate community recovery and resilience. Cultural technologies that are protective in times of adversity have previously been noted in Māori communities, but rarely documented. An ongoing research project conducted in partnership with the local Christchurch Iwi (tribe) Ngāi Tahu, has been identifying, and documenting the ways Māori cultural factors have facilitated disaster risk reduction and management in
response to the earthquakes.

A q u a l i t a t i v e r e s e a r c h m e t h o d o l o g y ( Te Whakamāramatanga), based on Ngāi Tahu values, and practices has shaped the community-based participatory research design. Māori research participants were recruited purposively and through self-selection. At the time of writing, the researchers had conducted semi-structured interviews with 43 Māori research participants. Culturally relevant (dialogical and narrative) interviewing approaches have been used to gather research information and facilitate trusting relationships between researchers and local Māori communities. Community engagement has been fostered, as well as a capture of Māori understandings and practices associated with risk reduction and mitigation, disaster preparedness, response and recovery. Data analysis draws on social and risk theories as well as indigenous epistemological concepts. Initial data analysis suggests that within the New Zealand context, Civil Defence and Emergency Management policies and disaster risk reduction practices may be enhanced by the respectful integration of pertinent Māori knowledge and strategies.

Ngāi Tahu has a statutory governance role in the Christchurch rebuild as stipulated in the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority Act (2011) and relational links with the New Zealand government and local authorities. Accordingly, information arising from data analysis, tribal knowledge, and Māori emergency management practices documented during this project is shaping development of contextualised risk reduction and disaster management strategies at urban and regional levels. Upon project conclusion, research results and recommendations will be disseminated to Iwi (tribes) and key stakeholders, to facilitate Māori disaster management capability, and disaster preparedness, risk reduction, and recovery planning throughout New Zealand. The researchers anticipate that lessons learned from this research may have relevance for other small island states and/or countries with indigenous populations that have similar value systems and bodies of traditional knowledge.
Keywords Integrated
Risk
Governance
Indigenous
Management
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