Just after midnight on 14 November 2016, the 'Shaky Isles' of New Zealand shook for two minutes. A series of faults unzipped in the north-eastern South Island from Culverden to Cape Campbell as tectonic pressures were released and shifted. While the event originated in that region it was felt across the nation.
Starting in the first hours after the earthquake New Zealand Coastal Society (NZCS) members, from emergency responders, to engineers, planners and scientists, have been involved in the response and recovery efforts.
As part of the NZCS focus on advancing knowledge about the coastal area, this publication offers an assessment of the many aspects of that response and recovery and shares some of the lessons learnt. The authors are some of New Zealand's leading scientists, engineers, coastal and emergency managers and they are thanked for their efforts in sharing their knowledge.