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The Resilience Project was established to strengthen the resilience of the state highway network – increasing network availability, reducing response times, and improving the overall experience for users of our highways.

Our aim is to ensure that we are on top of resilience by the middle of 2017.

In practical terms, this means we have confidence that our state highway network can withstand disruptions, absorb disturbances, perform effectively in a crisis, adapt to changing conditions (including climate change) and recover quickly from disturbances. New Zealanders can continue to rely on our state highway network, even when disaster strikes.

The project’s goal is to have our state highway network available as much as possible for our customers. The Agency has been 'doing resilience' for a long time. There are already many excellent measures and practices in place that enable us to cope with disasters and extraordinary events. 

Our goal is to build on and improve these and improve consistency. The Project will help provide a state highway network that is increasingly responsive to risks – both from natural hazards, as well as planned and unplanned disruptive events. 

The Resilience Project has been set up with three core work streams you will see below:

  • Emergency response plans work stream
  • Business continuity plans work stream
  • Infrastructure planning work stream

The Project will also deliver a range of tools, resources, and research activities to support greater resilience across our state highway network. 

Monthly update

The monthly resilience infrastructure planning update provides updates on key areas of our infrastructure planning work and links to the various tools and research initiatives as they become available. View the archive of previous issues. To be added to the mailing list, contact

Resilience response framework

This framework was developed in partnership with KiwiRail and Transpower as a systematic approach for identifying appropriate structural and non-structural responses before, during and after adverse events.

For further information contact