The Maori Response to a Seismic ‘Swan’

Part of the Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications book series (ASTSA)


This chapter looks at this Maori Black Swan Event (BSE) and examines its nature against current definitions and specifically against the New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward response. It then considers how Maori managed with a study of the Maori community at Rapaki just outside Christchurch following the 2011 earthquake. The existence and the current management of this BSE in New Zealand and how Maori manage should be recognised in disaster plans. That is not happening. Moreover, the sense by both authors is that this work will resonant with other ethnic responses in New Zealand such as Pacific Islanders, SE Asians and Chinese.


Black swan Maori Christchurch 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria University School of ArchitectureWellingtonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Coordinator te Putahitanga ChristchurchChristchurchNew Zealand

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