New Zealand Lifelines Council

Overview of the New Zealand Lifelines Council (NZLC)

The NZLC was established in 1999 and focuses on "Enhancing the connectivity of lifeline utility organisations across agency and sector boundaries in order to improve infrastructure resilience"

The NZLC has adopted three themes to frame work on infrastructure resilience. These are the need for:

  • Robust assets, or satisfactory alternative service continuity arrangements
  • Effective coordination, pre and post-event, at national and local levels
  • Realistic end-user expectations, so that users are risk-aware and better able to consider options

The principal functions of the NZLC are:

  • Advising Lifelines Groups on best practices across a range of activities, including encouraging new projects and supporting them by offering information on methodology and other learnings from projects in other regions.
  • Providing a link between Lifelines activities and government – relevant government programmes include Lifelines work within the National Emergency Management Agency and national infrastructure planning within Treasury
  • Promoting and promulgating resilience-related research
  • Organising the annual National Lifelines Forum. The Forum updates representatives from Lifeline Groups and national utilities on latest developments, and provides an opportunity to develop positions on common resilience-related issues.

The members of the NZLC are:

  • Spark NZ Limited
  • Transpower New Zealand Ltd
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Vector Limited
  • First Gas Limited
  • Water New Zealand
  • National Emergency Management Agency
  • Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment
  • Earthquake Commission
  • GNS Science

New Zealand Lifelines Council Terms of Reference (.pdf 440kb)

New Zealand Lifelines brochure (.pdf 2.32mb)

For more information about the activities of the NZLC, please contact:

Roger Fairclough
NZLC Chair
+64 27 645 6225 

Dave Brunsdon
NZLC Working Group Member
+64 21 679 338

Lisa Roberts
NZLC Working Group Member
+64 21379 130