Community Resilience/Hapori tūkaha

Almost before the shaking had stopped, non-profits across greater Christchurch were reaching out to their communities and were an integral part of the response and recovery from the Canterbury earthquakes.  SEWN has made it our job to ensure that this contribution is recognised.

We collected the stories of just a few of the many groups and shared them in our book “Holding Hope Together”. 

Climate change and other world events are exposing our communities to increased shocks and stresses, and the non-profit sector is a vital part of building community resilience.  However the significant role of the sector in risk reduction, readiness, response and recovery (especially for marginalised or vulnerable communities and people) has not been fully recognised in civil defence planning.  We’re working to address this.

Download our  report on our visit to Melbourne Not Just High Vis and Hard Hats  to learn about non-profit sector involvement in emergency management there, and an analysis of the role for the sector here in Aotearoa.


We made sure that the Greater Christchurch Resilience Plan  ( took account of the contribution of non-profit groups and organisations.

There are some great reports and blogs about the non-profit sector, social wellbeing and emergency management from our colleagues at VCOSS in Australia at

Our region’s current CDEM Plan is here.  (

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This just-released report from Victoria COSS highlights the current and potential contribution that the non-profit sector makes to civil defence and emergency management.

Building resilient communities: Working with the community sector for enhanced emergency management

Governments should begin harnessing the power of community organisations in disaster planning, according to a new report from the Victorian Council of Social Service.

The emergency management sector is increasingly looking to foster community resilience as a way of helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and emergency events.

Building resilience has been the core focus of the community sector for decades – community organisations are embedded in their local communities, build and maintain social connections and networks, and develop the strengths of people and families, all of which contribute to resilience. And they are ready to do more.

This new report from VCOSS outlines how leveraging the resources, knowledge and skills of community organisations can significantly enhance Victorian communities’ resilience to emergencies and disasters.