Cultural organisations identify priorities for recovery of the Wellington Region  

How can cultural organisations work together to help rebuild societies following a disaster?  

In November, more than fifty cultural organisations from across the Wellington Region, representing arts, recreation, sports and heritage, met to discuss how they could work together to help the region recover from a major disaster.   

Organised by the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO), this was the first in a series of workshops bringing organisations together to discuss priorities as well as the practical steps they could take to help the region recover.   

Sam Ripley, Group Recovery Coordinator for WREMO, explains: “To try and manage the complexity of rebuilding a society, disaster recovery is divided into five key environments: Cultural, Built, Social, Economic and Natural.  

“We started with our cultural organisations because they are foundational in how we relate to the world around us and build community. The organisations involved represented the perspectives and interests of tangata whenua, local and central government, not-for-profit organisations, businesses, and other communities in the region.   

“The ideas and insights generated through the workshop were inspiring. They reinforced that, in the difficult time following a disaster, we are stronger by forming partnerships and working together to support wellbeing through cultural activities and events.   

“Also discussed were ways in which stakeholders from each of the five environments could help speed up the recovery process through cross-environment networking and joint planning.”    

Findings from the workshops will provide new understanding of potential partners in recovery and will support the development of the Wellington Region Strategic Recovery Framework. The next workshop will involve those from the Built Environment and will take place in March 2019. 

Published: 14 December 2018