This paper examines media commentary related to wildfire risk in Aotearoa-New Zealand following two large-scale wildfires that affected urban and rural areas of the country in 2017 and 2019. Surrounding commentary is considered using an established model of disaster risk that highlights the relevance of increased wildfire scale and effects. The model reinforces that increasing numbers of vulnerable dwellings amplify future wildfire threat. The result resembles a 'multi-headed beast' of increased risk, one that can be met with a robust set of fire management interventions. Emergency planning frameworks in Aotearoa-New Zealand need to bolster the wildfire risk awareness of landholders as well as local community capacities to manage the potentially elevated levels of overall wildfire risk.
|Number of pages
|Australian Journal of Emergency Management
|Published - 1 Jul 2020
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This paper was written with support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Project No. 71771113 and by the Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge funded by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. The authors acknowledge the invaluable advice from Grant Pearce, Scion and the constructive feedback from two anonymous reviewers.
This paper was written with support from the National Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014, Assessing and Natural Science Foundation of China, Project No. and Adaptation in a Complex and Changing ?orld堀 AtP www?ipcc?ch?site?managing the Risks of Climate ChangeP Observed Impacts 唀 Vulnerability唀 and by the ?esilience to Nature ? s Challengesassets ?uploads ? ? ??? ? ???GIIAR ? ?SPM ?Top ?Level ?Findings?? ?pdf National Science Challenge funded by the Ministry of ?? March . ? ???? Business Innovation and Employment 堀 The authors acknowledge the invaluable advice from Grant Pearce ? Scion and the constructive feedback from two anonymous reviewers.
© 2020 Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.