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East Coast LAB [Life at the Bounday]
Hikurangi Subduction Zone M9

Eastern and lower Te-Ika-a-Māui/North Island is on the front line of the Hikurangi Subduction Zone, Aotearoa/New Zealand’s largest and most active fault! This makes it a natural laboratory for both physical and social science researchers working to understand the risk posed by the Hikurangi Subduction Zone.

East Coast LAB – Hikurangi Subduction Zone Magnitude 9 is a community-focused project, based in Te Matau-a-Māui/Hawkes Bay, that brokers the connection between research, emergency management, iwi, hapū and the wider community to ensure a well-coordinated, equitable, and research-based approach to building resilience.

Our mission statement

East Coast LAB is a community-focused project which seeks to grow and share Hikurangi Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami hazard knowledge, and to work alongside communities to build resilience to these hazards through partnership with iwi, hapū, scientists and emergency managers.

Our vision

Communities that understand Hikurangi Subduction Zone hazards and are committed to building intergenerational resilience.

Our values

Growing and sharing


(Building relationships) 



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