EQC is a Crown entity, which operates a national natural disaster insurance scheme for homeowners.
An important part of EQC’s work is its significant support for research and education to better understand the nature and effects of natural disasters, so that communities can prepare for and become more resilient to, their consequences.
In 2001, EQC helped to establish GeoNet in partnership with GNS Science and Land Information New Zealand – EQC as owner and investor and GNS Science as a steward and developer. GeoNet remains at the heart of EQC’s research programme and EQC continues to be its primary funder.
GeoNet has become a leading exemplar in modelling collaborative ways of working where data is shared across users rather than each provider holding information privately. It is now at the hub of a wider community of practice of researchers and users that extends well beyond the original partnership of EQC and GNS Science.
As well as research and education, EQC:
- operates a fund to pay out on claims for natural disaster damage, and to encourage homeowners to insure and insurers to offer affordable cover
- insures against property damage from earthquakes, landslips, tsunami, volcanic eruptions and hydrothermal activity, flood and storm damage to residential land, and fires resulting from these events.
For more information about EQC, visit www.eqc.govt.nz.
Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is the New Zealand government department responsible for land titles, geodetic and cadastral survey systems, topographic information, hydrographic information, managing Crown property and a variety of other functions. LINZ is partnered with GeoNet on two major projects: the PositioNZ Network and the Tsunami Monitoring Network.
The partnership began with GeoNet installing the first LINZ PositioNZ station in 2002. Since then, the PositioNZ network has grown to 37 GNSS/GPS stations across New Zealand, the Chatham Islands and Antarctica. The primary purpose of this network is to monitor land deformation in relation to New Zealand’s official geodetic datum, NZGD2000.
Data collected from these sites is made available though the LINZ website. To gain access to the PositioNZ RINEX data and real-time data please visit apps.linz.govt.nz/positionz
LINZ was given a Cabinet Directive to build a near real-time tsunami monitoring network following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Given the success of the partnership formed between LINZ and GeoNet developed through the PositioNZ project, the tsunami network became a joint project.
The tsunami gauge network comprises of 17 sites located around the coast and on offshore islands. In consultation with LINZ and a panel of experts, GeoNet devised the configuration of the equipment required for the monitoring stations.
GeoNet maintains the PositioNZ and tsunami networks by carrying out a programme of preventative maintenance and responding to any equipment failures.
For further information visit LINZ’s website - www.linz.govt.nz