Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

UC business researcher investigating promotion of recovery

UC business researcher investigating promotion of recovery

August 7, 2013

A University of Canterbury (UC) researcher is working on increasing the resilience of organisations, and promoting recovery after disaster.

UC, in collaboration with the Resilient Organisations group, has been investigating the Christchurch rebuild and the reconstruction workers’ accommodation, drawing on international experiences of Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami.

The group has been commissioned by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to create more disaster-resilient labour markets throughout the broader Asia-Pacific region.  The Christchurch findings will be used as part of that wider project. 

UC researcher Dr John Vargo, co-leader, says that post-disaster recovery and reconstruction can involve major workforce issues. Dr Vargo will give a public lecture at UC next Wednesday on August 14. See here for a preview: http://youtu.be/Bj1uCrWqCNs

``International experience shows that some countries’ labour markets quickly recover from natural disasters and provide the workforce needed for reconstruction, but others experience prolonged unemployment and skill shortages that hinder reconstruction.

``This project will investigate how the public and private sectors can improve the labour market following major events, using case studies of strategies that have been found to work well.

``It will draw on experiences of recent events in New Zealand, Japan, Australia, USA, Chile, China, The Philippines and Indonesia. The key issues to be investigated include social protection, job and training strategies, employment services and assistance for business continuity and restoration.

``The project’s goal is to better prepare the APEC economies for emergencies. It will develop a set of common principles for post-disaster workforce issues, promoting a standardised and coordinated approach throughout the Asia-Pacific region.’’

Dr Vargo and his team received a $75,000 Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment grant to investigate better resilience for APEC.

His group has also been advising Wellington companies and organisations following recent earthquakes in the capital.

``We have advised them to look after their staff, to be proactive in contacting suppliers and customers to make sure they are ok.  This is a great opportunity to strengthen those relationships. They also need to look at their insurance policies.’’

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>

 

New Zealand Government: Speech From The Throne

It is my privilege to exercise the prerogative of Her Majesty the Queen and open the 53rd Parliament.
In the October election, New Zealanders elected a majority Government for the first time under our Mixed Member Proportional electoral system... More>>

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>

ALSO:


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels