“Tomorrow belongs to those who can see it coming.” David Bowie

Seismics and the City 2016 was held on Friday 18 March at Rydges Latimer in Christchurch. The theme was Shaping Canterbury’s Future Now – Collaboration, Regeneration & Innovation.

The forum was the fifth in a unique cross-sector series involving representatives of public, private and community sector organisations and interested individuals sharing their visions and voicing their concerns and solutions for creating a vibrant, 21st century city in a prosperous region.

It was an opportunity to look back and reflect on the lessons of the last five years and to look forward and be part of the early engagement with the new post-quakes entities Regenerate Christchurch and Otakaro Limited.


Hon. Nicky Wagner
Assoc. Minister for
Canterbury Earthquake Recovery


Lianne Dalziel
Mayor of

Milestones and Millstones

“milestone –noun  ‘a significant event or stage in the life, progress, development.. of a person, city, nation,etc.’
millstone –noun  ‘…anything that grinds or crushes…. any heavy mental or emotional burden…‘”.

The 2016 forum celebrated several milestones in the post-disaster recovery of a city now on the move while being mindful of some of the millstones which still drag down some people.

New Momentum

Business growth, initially based on post-quakes recovery and fuelled by insurance payouts, has now developed a momentum of its own. The forum marked a shift in focus to the pursuit of local and global opportunities based on collaboration and innovation across the Canterbury region.

Seismics and the City 2016 featured inspiring case studies of new ways of working and innovative new products and services. It was also a vehicle for networking with purpose and high level business relationship building.


Dr Laurie Johnson
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, USA

André Lovatt
Chair, Regenerate Christchurch

“From my perspective, Regenerate Christchurch must and will engage with the community around what will be done.” 

Peter Townsend
Chief Executive,

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Dr William Rolleston
Federated Farmers NZ

Kay Giles
Chief Executive,
CPIT Aoraki

Ross Butler
Chair, Otakaro Limited

Hugh Cowan
 General Manager of
Reinsurance, Research & Education, EQC 

"I enjoyed Seismics and the City on Friday – a very well organised event. Thank you.” Suzanne Jordan, Business Development Manager, NZIM Southern Inc “The program was excellent.” David C. Marlett PhD, CPCU, IIANC Professor of Insurance, Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance “Thank you for inviting me to take part in such a significant event! I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learnt a huge amount! You and your team did an amazing job!!!" Minnie Baragwanath, Chief Executive, Be. Institute “Many thanks, nice diverse crowd” Katie Pickles, Professor and Head of History, University of Canterbury

Justin Kean
Director Research & Consulting,

Grant Wilkinson
Managing Director,
Ruamoko Solutions

Leanne Curtis
Breakthrough Services

Amanda Cropp
Christchurch Business Bureau Chief,
Fairfax Media


Prof. Chris Kissling
Fellow of The Chartered Institute
of Logistics and Transport

Haydn Read
Programme Director, Smart Cities and
Shared Metadata Standards,

Antony Gough
Managing Director, Hereford Holdings Ltd

Evan Smith
Programme Manager,
Eastern Vision


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