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The Impact of Earthquakes on Apartment Owners and Renters in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) Aotearoa New Zealand

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School of Health, Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
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School of Psychology, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
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School of Psychology, Massey University, Albany Auckland 0632, New Zealand
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Academic Editors: Paolo Gardoni and Piera Centobelli
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(15), 6818; https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156818
Received: 10 May 2021 / Revised: 14 June 2021 / Accepted: 9 July 2021 / Published: 24 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Sciences)
Apartment dwelling is on the increase in many cities in Aotearoa New Zealand, including those in earthquake-prone regions. Hence it is important that people working in disaster management and housing improve their understanding on how the living situations of apartment dwellers influence their disaster management practices. This knowledge is crucial for efforts to promote safety and preparedness. This paper explores what enables and constrains apartment dwellers in their ability to prepare for an earthquake. Eighteen people were interviewed who resided in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) two years after the 2016 7.8 magnitude (Mw) Kaikōura earthquake. Of central concern was people’s ability to prepare for disasters and access knowledge about building and structural safety and how this knowledge mattered to what apartment dwellers were able to prepare for. We found that the agency to prepare was dependent on whether people owned or rented their dwellings. We report on participant accounts of dealing with body corporations, landlords, emergency kits, other emergency items, and evacuation plans. View Full-Text
Keywords: evacuation; apartments; disasters; emergency management; owners; renters; city dwellings evacuation; apartments; disasters; emergency management; owners; renters; city dwellings
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Blake, D.; Becker, J.S.; Hodgetts, D.; Elwood, K.J. The Impact of Earthquakes on Apartment Owners and Renters in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) Aotearoa New Zealand. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 6818. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156818

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Blake D, Becker JS, Hodgetts D, Elwood KJ. The Impact of Earthquakes on Apartment Owners and Renters in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) Aotearoa New Zealand. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(15):6818. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156818

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Blake, Denise, Julia S. Becker, Darrin Hodgetts, and Kenneth J. Elwood 2021. "The Impact of Earthquakes on Apartment Owners and Renters in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington) Aotearoa New Zealand" Applied Sciences 11, no. 15: 6818. https://doi.org/10.3390/app11156818

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