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Build Back Better

Partnering with whānau and communities to strengthen their resilience

WELCOME TO

Build Back Better

Partnering with whānau and communities to strengthen their resilience

About Us

“We are a team of trusted consultants with a diverse range of expertise and experience in the public, private and not for profit sectors who can help you achieve exceptional outcomes for your business, agency, or organisation.”
Our TEAM

Professor Regan Potangaroa

Well-known internationally in the humanitarian aid community having completed over 200 humanitarian deployments...

Kiri Maxwell

Kiri Maxwell (Ngāitai Torere, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki) is an experienced disaster risk management and emergency management practitioner, working...

Professor Suzanne Wilkinson

Prof. Suzanne Wilkinson is a Professor of Construction Management in the School for Built Environment, Massey University...

What We Do

We provide professional consultancy services, both domestically and internationally, across a variety of disciplines and environments: social and cultural, business, and economic, natural, and the built and infrastructure environments.

BBB Aotearoa New Zealand are a group of sought-after researchers and expert practitioners with reputations for high-quality work and delivery. The team has a convincing reputation for strong, applied science and research, creating innovative solutions for current and future challenges.

  • We are committed in investing in mutually beneficial partnerships with Māori guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • The team has a sound understanding of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world), working in partnership with whānau, hapu and iwi across the motu.
  • We value mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) and recognise the importance of kaupapa Māori (Māori principles and values) in all of our interactions.  
  • We provide a comprehensive suite of natural hazard risk management services.
  • We help you understand your risk profile, and co-develop and communicate risk management improvements.
  • We work with you to build robust and transparent risk management and decision analysis tools that aim to build your organisation’s resilience to future change and uncertainty.
  • Our team conducts industry-led, and leading, science and research, providing outcomes-based practical solutions for implementation.
  • We have developed, and have access to, detailed research design, and monitoring and evaluation services.
  • We have, and partner with, the best minds in academia and business to apply intelligent ideas that have the potential to change the world.
  • The team have been active in the humanitarian sector long-term, and have excellent partnerships with non-government organisations both domestically and globally.
  • We bring thought-leadership to humanitarian response and recovery that is innovative, agile, and adaptive.
  • We are leaders in humanitarian initiatives that have helped a growing number of vulnerable communities affected by disasters and crises – in Aotearoa, across neighbouring Pacific nations, and around the world.
  • Our team has a proven track-record in effective programme and project management expertise providing professional advice, and services, for robust decision-making, leadership, strategy and policy guidance and innovation.
  • We use our Build Back Better framework and indicators as a practical, holistic tool to support pre- and post-disaster planning and implementation in mitigation, recovery, and reconstruction activities.
  • We are passionate about creating resilient communities that are better able to face, adapt, and thrive in disaster environments.
  • We work with our clients to drive understanding of, and progress towards, climate change and natural hazards resilience at central and local government level, iwi, communities, and the private sector.
  • Our experts help clients assess climate risks and opportunities, engage with partners and stakeholders, and integrate climate change strategies and adaptation into long-term planning and operations.
  • Our team has extensive experience in conducting a variety of assessments across the built and infrastructure sector to solve real world challenges and identify creative, sustainable solutions for the future.
  • The team will provide expert advice and consulting services to get the best outcome for your business, organisation/agency to build organisational resilience and effectively respond to, and recover from, disruptions and crisis situations.
  • We will work with you to assess your crisis and emergency management capabilities, and help you develop fit-for-purpose business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis/emergency response plans.
  • Using realistic scenarios we can work with you to test your plans and help you develop a system of continuous improvement.
Climate Impacts on Marae research project

 

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Many marae are built near waterways or coastal areas, placing them in a vulnerable position to the impacts of climate change. A new research project aims to map risks, understand challenges, and co-create solutions with whānau and hapū to adapt and protect their marae for future generations.

With flooding, landslides, wildfire, and rising sea levels projected to become more frequent and severe, it is estimated that between 30-50% of all marae across Aotearoa are likely to be significantly impacted by climate change.

It is time for urgent decision-making. However, whether to remain or relocate is a difficult choice for komiti marae (marae committees) and marae trusts. Marae and wharenui (meeting houses) are more than buildings, they are a stronghold for iwi and Māori cultural identity, a connection to whenua (land) and whakapapa (genealogy).

Starting in July 2022, the Climate Change Impacts on Marae research project is the first nationwide survey of all marae. The BRANZ levy-funded project is led the Build Back Better team, and in partnership with iwi and marae.

If you would like to know more, just reach out.

Build Back Better analysis of recovery in Ōtautahi, Christchurch


The 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes were one of the most devastating events in Aotearoa’s history. Due to the large scale of disruption and losses, central government created a separate body, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), to manage and oversee recovery activities.

Working with local authorities and stakeholders, CERA played a major role in driving the recovery in Ōtautahi, Christchurch. This paper aims to analyse CERA’s decision-making process and the effects of some of its critical decisions on the recovery outcomes.

The team conducted a Build Back Better analysis of the Recovery effort to understand the decisions taken and processes used. Click here to read the ‘Post-disaster reconstruction in Ōtautahi, Christchurch: a build back better perspective’

Kaikoura’s Post-Disaster Recovery and the Build Back Better Framework


The need for a Post-Disaster Recovery framework has never been more critical in the face of increased risk and threats we are facing due to climate change and natural disasters. A successful post-disaster recovery framework address rehabilitation of physical structures and the psychological, social, and economic recovery of communities, making it a holistic approach.

In 2016 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Kaikoura, a small tourism-based town on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The event caused 80,00 landslides, damaged buildings, injured 50 people, and killed two people.

The Build Back Better Framework was used as a guide to evaluate the psycho-social and economic recovery aspects in Kaikoura, New Zealand following the 2016 earthquake.

Click here to read the ‘Evaluating socio-economic recovery as part of building back better in Kaikoura, New Zealand’.

Resilience to Nature’s Challenges | National Science Challenge


The team led the Urban Theme in Phase 1 of the Resilience Challenge that ran between 2014 – 2019 that sought to tackle key challenges in natural hazard resilience.

Click here to read the ‘Building Urban Resilience in New Zealand: Lessons from our major cities.

Victorian ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires longitudinal study series


The 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ Victorian Bushfires was one of the worst bushfires in Australian history, sweeping through 78 communities, claiming 173 lives and destroying more than 430,000 hectares of land and 2,000 properties.

The Government and affected communities were faced with a large-scale rebuilding and recovery effort to restore the built environment and re-establish livelihoods. Our research team stepped in six months after the fires to conduct an extensive longitudinal case study of the recovery effort over five years. The study series used a Build Back Better lens to investigate recovery issues and critical recovery decisions made in short and medium-term recovery timeframes, and examined the longer-term outcomes as a result of these decisions.

Click here to read the ‘Build Back Better: Implementation in Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction’ paper.

Build Back Better in the agricultural sector in Gaza


The BBB Framework was used to assess the recovery of agricultural businesses affected by the 2014 conflict in Gaza, Palestine. The military assault on Gaza caused extensive damages to the agricultural sector. A rehabilitation project conducted by the Agricultural Development Association (PARC) and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH) to strengthen the resilience of 310 households and their agribusinesses and fisheries provided a unique opportunity to test the applicability of the BBB Framework in a conflict situation, and understand how it can apply to a specific sector such as agriculture.

Click here to read the ‘Building Back Better in Gaza’ report

Indian Ocean Tsunami Long-Term Recovery: Sri Lanka Case Study


The Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 was a unique multi-national disaster, devastating 14 countries and highlighting severe vulnerabilities in the affected communities. This disaster was a catalyst in bringing forth a strong motivation to use post-disaster reconstruction and recovery to not only restore communities, but address vulnerabilities and ‘build back better’ than before.

Sri Lanka was the second most affected country from the tsunami, following Indonesia. Thirteen districts along the Eastern and Southern coast of the country were impacted, with 35,322 lives lost and 516,150 people displaced. The Sri Lankan Government went into the reconstruction and recovery process with a philosophy of “Building Back Better” guiding their recovery strategy.

Click here to read the Build Back Better Lessons from Sri Lanka’s Recovery from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Fiji | Resilience of Fiji’s Housing Stock


Cyclone Winston impacted Fiji in February 2016, damaging and destroying 40,000 homes and 229 schools. The total damage from the storm amounted to FJ$2.98 billion.

In light of the severe devastation brought about by the cyclone, there is a need to better prepare for future hazards, particularly in the resilience of housing structures in developing countries.

This research project was commenced in 2016 to conduct a longitudinal study of recovering villages and communities in Fiji, to better understand the resilience of the housing stock in Fiji.

Click here to read the ‘Building back towards storm-resilient housing: Lessons from Fiji’s Cyclone Winston experience’.

Vanuatu | Resilience of Water Supply Systems in Vanuatu


Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu in March 2015. Vanuatu has also experienced a number of natural disasters such as cyclones, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes in the last few decades. The disaster events resulted in a scarcity of water as water supply systems and rainwater harvesting systems suffered from the impacts.

Port Vila (the Capital), Laonkarae village on Efate Island and a few villages on Tanna Island were chosen as study sites to investigate the status of water supply systems. This research visit highlighted the importance of social, organisational, and environmental factors in water system resilience.

Click here to read the ‘Social capacities in fostering water supply resilience in Vanuatu’.

A Tool for Disaster Management Practitioners to assess and plan their recovery efforts for a resilient outcome This project builds on the work done on developing the Build Back Better (BBB) Framework and BBB Indicators, to make this information accessible and easy to use for practitioners. The output of this project is a Tool which provides a refined list of BBB Resilience Indicators for stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of their recovery efforts and recovery plans, identify areas that are successfully implementing BBB principles and areas which need improvement, receive suggestions on what changes can be made to improve resilience outcomes. Send us an email if you want to know more… Features of the BBB Tool
  • Rates your recovery effort using best-practice BBB indicators under eight BBB principles.
  • Straight forward assessment that can be applied by any type of organisation involved in planning and/or implementing post-disaster recovery.
  • Helps you to pre-plan recovery efforts.
  • Helps you to assess the progress of ongoing recovery in-line with BBB principles.
  • Provides feedback to easily identify areas in ongoing recovery needing improvements in order to build back better and contribute to better resilience.
  • Non-prescriptive.
  • BBB indicators can be customised to local requirements.
The BBB Tool was tested as case studies in
  • 2018 Kerala Floods (India)
  • 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake (New Zealand)
  • 2013 Salcedo Super Typhoon Haiyan, (Philippines)

Contact Us

Please contact us below if you have any questions, or require further details on our services.

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REGAN POTANGAROA


Professor Regan Potagaroa (Professor of Resilient and Sustainable Built Environment – Māori Engagement) (Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) has extensive engineering and construction expertise and has been involved in more than 200 humanitarian missions leading large teams. Regan’s background is as a structural engineer with 25 years’ experience in design and construction in Aotearoa, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and the USA.

He is well-known internationally in the humanitarian aid community having completed over 200 humanitarian deployments in 18 countries since 1996. These have been with the United Nations, large international non-government organisations e.g., the Red Cross Red Crescent Society, and local and central governments and universities.

He has recently co-authored a book with Prof. Wilkinson, and is currently working on two other books; one on Resilient Villages, and the other on The Essentials of Humanitarian Practice. He has also developed a ‘Quality of Life’ tool for measuring the impact and resilience of communities. Regan currently co-leads a programme within the Resilience to Nature’s Challenge Vision Mātauranga theme and is involved with three MBIE Smart Ideas awards.

KIRI MAXWELL


Kiri Maxwell (Ngāitai Torere, Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki) is an experienced disaster risk management and emergency management practitioner, working at Auckland Council for >12yrs (2006 –2019) and has built strong and sustainable relationships across international, national, and regional partners, stakeholders, and governmental networks.

She has a comprehensive understanding of local and central governance and the political environment. Kiri has led local and central government strategy and policy initiatives on Disaster Risk Reduction decision-making and climate adaptation and has worked with Māori communities to strengthen their resilience.

She led the development of Auckland’s Emergency Management Plan (2016 –2021) which included the co-development of a comprehensive engagement and consultation programme across key partners, stakeholders, iwi, and Auckland’s diverse communities to deliver resilient outcomes. She has positively impacted the building of resilience, particularly in Tāmaki Makaurau, and her work influenced the re-development of the Auckland Plan 2050, the development of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri (Auckland’s Climate Plan), and national strategies e.g. Aotearoa New Zealand’s National Disaster Resilience Strategy.

SUZANNE WILKINSON


Professor Suzanne Wilkinson is a Professor of Construction Management in the School for Built Environment, Massey University and Associate Dean (Research), College of Sciences, Massey University. She has a PhD in Construction Management, and a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering, both from Oxford Brookes University, and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Dispute Resolution) from Massey University.

Suzanne has 27 years’ research experience focusing on resilience, disaster management, construction innovation and smart cities. She is interested in how cities, communities and organisations plan for disasters and manage hazard events and has a particular interest in how cities, communities and organisations rebuild and recover.

Suzanne has been advisor to organisations on resilience building and disaster recovery, most recently including Auckland Council, government agencies in Aotearoa, and Hunter Water in Australia. Suzanne has been Principal Investigator and Research Leader on many projects, including a recent 5 year, $10millionNZD project, where she is programme lead, on building capacity and capability for the construction sector and a recently completed $4millionNZD Principal Investigator for the Urban theme in the National Science Challenge; Resilience to Nature’s Challenges.

She has published over 300 research papers and co-written three books, the most recent being ‘Resilient Post Disaster Recovery Through Building Back Better’ (Routledge in 2019), with her colleague Regan Potangaroa. Suzanne is a keen PhD supervisor and has now supervised to completion over 30 PhD students.

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Build Back Better Tool

A Tool for Disaster Management Practitioners to assess and plan their recovery efforts for a resilient outcome

This project builds on the work done on developing the Build Back Better (BBB) Framework and BBB Indicators, to make this information accessible and easy to use for practitioners. The output of this project is a Tool which provides a refined list of BBB Resilience Indicators for stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of their recovery efforts and recovery plans, identify areas that are successfully implementing BBB principles and areas which need improvement, receive suggestions on what changes can be made to improve resilience outcomes.

Send us an email if you want to know more…

Features of the BBB Tool

  • Rates your recovery effort using best-practice BBB indicators under eight BBB principles.
  • Straight forward assessment that can be applied by any type of organisation involved in planning and/or implementing post-disaster recovery.
  • Helps you to pre-plan recovery efforts.
  • Helps you to assess the progress of ongoing recovery in-line with BBB principles.
  • Provides feedback to easily identify areas in ongoing recovery needing improvements in order to build back better and contribute to better resilience.
  • Non-prescriptive.
  • BBB indicators can be customised to local requirements.
  • The BBB Tool was tested as case studies in

2018 Kerala Floods (India)
2016 Kaikoura Earthquake (New Zealand)
2013 Salcedo Super Typhoon Haiyan, (Philippines)