February 2021 Newsletter

Kia ora koutou

In this issue:

  • Response & recovery leadership capability recognition process launched
  • Global risks
  • Crisis management readings
  • Māori responses to COVID-19
  • Crisis leadership - the power of swarm intelligence
  • Covid response lessons from Ontario, Canada
  • Earthquake early-warning Aotearoa
  • Recovery matters

Response and recovery leadership capability recognition process launched

RRANZ has launched a process for the recognition of prior learning (RPL) and recognition of current capability (RCC) for the Response and Recovery Leadership Development Programme (RRLDP).

This will allow public and private sector emergency management leaders a pathway to complete RPL/RCC certification in place of attending the RRLDP. RRANZ are working on enabling successful participants in RRLDP courses to gain academic credit as university recognised credentials.

For more information or to apply visit the RRANZ website.

Increasing global risks

The world isn't becoming a safer place. Yet, with the world more attuned to risk, lessons can be drawn to strengthen response and resilience.

The World Economic Forum 2021 Global Risks report highlights the natural and man-made hazards facing us in the short and longer-term. Check it out now

Crisis management readings

The Australia and New Zealand School of Gonvernment (ANZSOG) have put together a collection of of their most popular articles in 2020. They explore COVID-specific examples but their lessons can be applied more broadly and throughout the recovery phase. Read more

Māori responses to COVID-19

Māori infection rates from COVID-19 are perhaps the only example in Aotearoa New Zealand’s contemporary history where Māori have achieved better social outcomes than non-Māori.

This remarkable and unanticipated outcome is potentially a golden precedent for policymakers if we can determine the critical factors that reversed embedded trends of disproportionate disadvantage. This article argues that, while the national lockdown and science-based approach were important enablers of these outcomes, the nationwide Māori response to COVID-19 should also be recognised as critical. The authors also suggest that, in composite, the Māori response demonstrates the value and positive impact of ‘strengths-based’ policy at scale and provides insight into key policy settings that could be replicated across other important policy areas. Read the full article

Crisis leadership - the power of swarm intelligence

From the New Yorker, a fascinating review of differing American responses to the Boston bombings and the current pandemic response. Read the article

Covid response lessons from Ontario, Canada

The Ontario Auditor General has issued a Report into Ontario's COVID 19 response.

The short reflection contains many lessons for emergency managers. The full report is also available to download.

Earthquake early-warning in Aotearoa

Is there public support for the establishment of an earthquake early warning system in New Zealand?

Check out the survey results from a Massey University team who asked 3084 Kiwis that question.

Recovery matters

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience has established an online events catalogue of videos from 2020. The Recovery Matters videos were created to provide advice to Recovery Managers during the Australian bushfire event in early 2020. The Lessons Management webinar videos provide some interesting insights. Access the catalogue of videos

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