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Lifelines reports and resources

Reports and resources which may be of use to lifeline utilities, lifeline groups, or CDEM officers working with lifelines utilities

New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment:
Stage 1

This Stage 1 report provides a summary of information on New Zealand’s critical lifelines infrastructure and vulnerability to hazards gathered from existing reports and inputs from New Zealand Lifelines Council (NZLC) members.

This report is intended to provide strategic oversight of all infrastructure services (energy, transport, telecommunications, water) in New Zealand, raise awareness particularly with regard to inter-dependencies, and contribute to raising the resilience of infrastructure to meet our community needs. During 2017/18 Stage 2 will seek to address the knowledge gaps that are considered high priority and /or relatively easy to address.  

This document has had wide input from national lifeline utilities, regional lifelines groups, New Zealand Lifelines Council members and key government / industry agencies involved in infrastructure resilience. Lifelines infrastructure refers to all the transport, energy, communications and water services sectors that are fundamental to supporting New Zealand’s communities and economy.

The use of this report by others and suggested enhancements is welcomed and encouraged. This report will be a live document with regular updates as new information comes to hand. In depth assessment of particular subjects will be contained in separate reports.

New Zealand Lifelines Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment:  Stage 1 (.pdf 5mb)


How to benefit from Lifelines Projects

Report by the Auckland Engineering Lifelines Group providing a framework by which utilities can apply lifelines projects results. To assist your utility in benefiting from lifelines projects.

How to benefit from Lifelines Projects report (.pdf 709kb)


Value of Lifeline Seismic Risk Mitigation in Christchurch (June 2012)

This report is about the substantial range of risk reduction and readiness steps taken by lifeline utilities in Christchurch over recent years to reduce the impact of earthquakes. The work leading to the report of the Christchurch Engineering Lifelines Group in the 1990s, Risks and Realities, is the foundation for many of the measures adopted. The mitigation work also helped with the wider emergency response and recovery. The report shows that the costs of seismic risk mitigation in Christchurch will have been repaid many times over.

Value of Lifeline Seismic Risk Mitigation in Christchurch (June 2012) - full report (.pdf 392kb)

Value of Lifeline Seismic Risk Mitigation in Christchurch (June 2012) - summary version (.pdf 218kb)


Exercise Ruaumoko: Lifelines Sector Notes

This report was prepared by Tony Fenwick on behalf of the NZLC and the Auckland Engineering Lifelines Group to draw together the main lifeline-related experiences and learning points from Exercise Ruaumoko. The information in this report is intended to enhance approaches to risk reduction and readiness for volcanic and other regional and national scale events.

Exercise Ruaumoko: Lifeline Sector Notes (.pdf 700kb)


Report: review of international resources on engineering lifelines and critical infrastructure

This report is the first in a series that is designed to acquaint New Zealand National and Regional Engineering Lifeline Organisations with global developments in the fields of Engineering Lifelines, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Infrastructure Resilience. It is intended that this report be updated periodically.

Download Report No. 2 August 2010 (.doc 854kb)

Compiled by - Roger Crimp, for National Engineering Lifelines Committee New Zealand


Climate Change

The Ministry for the Environment has worked with Lifeline Groups to analyse potential effects of climate change on lifeline utilities and other infrastructure. http://www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/ 


Fast Moving Consumer Goods

The Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) sector is vitally important for the economy, health and well being of the nation. It is because of this that MCDEM approaches the FMCG sector as a “lifeline” even though it is not legislated as a lifeline utility.

The support that CDEM Groups are expected to provide to the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector is comparable with the support that Groups are expected to provide to Lifeline Utilities within their region, regardless of the hazard.

The Grocery Industries Pandemic Planning Seminar 2009 gives an indication of the nature and extent of CDEM planning undertaken by the FMCG sector.