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Indigenous resilience through urban disaster: the Maori response to the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch Otautahi earthquakes

Lambert, Simon J.
Shadbolt, Melanie
Ataria, James M.
Black, Amanda
Conference Contribution - published
Fields of Research
ANZSRC::160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies , ANZSRC::1604 Human Geography , ANZSRC::169904 Studies of Māori Society
The scale of damage from a series of earthquakes across Christchurch Otautahi in 2010 and 2011 challenged all networks in the city at a time when many individuals and communities were under severe economic pressure. Historically, Maori have drawn on traditional institutions such as whanau, marae, hapu and iwi in their endurance of past crises. This paper presents research in progress to describe how these Maori-centric networks supported both Maori and non-Maori through massive urban dislocation. Resilience to any disaster can be explained by configurations of economic, social and cultural factors. Knowing what has contributed to Maori resilience is fundamental to the strategic enhancement of future urban communities - Maori and non-Maori.