The new National Geohazards Monitoring Centre will lead to a safer and more resilient New Zealand, according to its host, GNS Science.
The Centre was officially opened this week by Minister of Research, Science & Innovation, Dr Megan Woods and Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi.
“This is a really important development which will enhance our ability to provide timely, reliable information to decision makers,” GNS Science chief executive Ian Simpson said.
“When a serious event happens, every second counts. It’s not an exaggeration to say this new centre could save lives, and I’m really thrilled to see it open today.”
The purpose-built facility is manned by rotating teams of geohazards analysts.
It has been designed to be resilient, with a back-up capability at GNS Science’s Wairakei site.
The Centre has been funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) through the Strategic Science Investment Fund and built with support and input from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management, the Earthquake Commission and Land Information NZ.
“The Centre is the culmination of a year’s work – but more than that, it crystallises decades of work we have done with EQC and LINZ through GeoNet,” Simpson added.