East Coast LAB

East Coast LAB (Life at the Boundary) is an initiative which aims to improve the resilience of communities on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand to natural hazards associated with the plate boundary.

The initiative seeks to:

1. Foster well connected and coordinated research to increase our understanding of the plate boundary and associated natural hazards.

2. Encourage the public to become engaged and participate in science so that they understand the risks associated with living at the boundary.

3. Ensure that the public are aware of the hazards that affect them, know how to prepare and respond to hazard events, and in the event of a natural hazard continue to thrive.

East Coast LAB brings together scientists, emergency managers, experts and stakeholders across the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island.

The core members of the Steering Group are:

  • The Natural Hazard Research Platform
  • GNS Science
  • National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
  • Massey University
  • Earthquake Commission
  • Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management
  • Gisborne District Council
  • Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
  • Hawke’s Bay CDEM Group
  • Greater Wellington, Manawatu/Wanganui CDEM Groups
  • Tourism Services - Napier City Council
  • National Aquarium of NZ.

Our ‘virtual’ East Coast LAB has begun at www.eastcoastlab.org.nz and you can also check out our Facebook page.

If you are interested in this project and want to know more please contact our East Coast LAB Community Science Coordinator, Kate Boersen at kate.boersen@hbrc.govt.nz