Public Works Expo 2018

TU25 - International Perspective Presentation: Lifeline Utilities in the Land of Fire and Ice

Aug 28, 2018 3:00pm ‐ Aug 28, 2018 3:50pm


Perched just above the Roaring Forties in latitude and geologically young, New Zealand is exposed to a wide-range of naturally occurring hazards including flooding, earthquakes, windstorms, snowstorms, volcanic activity, and tsunami. The Manawatū-Whanganui Civil Defence Emergency Management Group is a collection of lifeline utilities in the region. Learn about how they prepare for these types of events - from asset and risk management to preparation, response, and recovery. Shakespeare said that all the world is a stage. If that’s true, lifeline utilities are the backstage crew that keeps it all running. The goal is to respond to emergencies and bounce back with more resilient networks.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, you will be better able to: 

  • Discuss the impact and role of utilities during emergency events.
  • Be more proactive in the civil defense framework: reduction, readiness, response, recovery.
  • Minimize the impact that disasters can have on utility services.


  • David Miller, BE (Hons), ME (Hons), DELF, Wastewater Treatment Plant Manager, Whanganui District Council, New Zealand

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