Risk Interpretation and Action Seminar Starts in New Zealand


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The maori phrase for disaster risk research loosely translates as “be careful”.

In Wellington, New Zealand, 21 early career researchers, selected as World Social Science Fellows arrived at the Maori Kuratini Marae for the official Maori “powhiri” welcome to commence the seminar on Disaster Risk Interpretation and Action. The official welcome is a spiritual event that pays recognition to ancestors that have passed on, as well as embracing those that have come from far and wide to participate and learn from maori culture. Fellows were welcomed to Massey University, where much of the week-long seminar is due to take place.

Over the next few days fellows will debate and discuss, from multi-disciplinary perspectives, what risk really means, and in the unique location of New Zealand will explore the notion of disaster interpretation from a local perspective.