Given the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic we have made the decision to postpone all our upcoming AF8 Roadshow public talk events. We will be looking to reschedule the tour in the future and will publish the new itinerary here on our website and Facebook page as soon as we are able.

Preparedness and proactivity are at the core of the AF8 programme and we’d like to thank everyone involved in the current response, including all those taking personal steps to stop the spread. We all have a part to play when it comes to looking after our communities.

While we need to increase our physical distance during this time, we should continue to strengthen our social connections, we are all in this together.

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AF8 Roadshow 2020

Bringing Alpine Fault science and hazard impact information to South Island communities, in areas likely to be affected by an AF8 earthquake.

While we can’t predict when earthquakes will occur, scientific research has shown that the Alpine Fault has a history of generating regular, large earthquakes. The next event is likely to occur within the lifetime of most of us, or our children and young people, for whom this is likely to have major short and long-term impacts.

The AF8 Roadshow provides South Island communities, in areas most likely to be affected by an AF8 earthquake, with direct access to Alpine Fault science and hazard impact information relevant to them and their region. Read more about the Roadshow HERE.

Thanks to all our supporters: The 6 South Island CDEM Groups, EQC – Earthquake Commission, Resilience to Nature’s ChallengesQuakeCoRE and GNS Science, and our University partners: University of Otago, University of Canterbury, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland – we couldn’t do this without you!

AF8 Roadshow 2020

Public Science Talks

AF8 Roadshow Dunedin
AF8 Roadshow Dunedin

Tuesday 17th March

Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 5.30pm

AF8 Roadshow Alexandra
AF8 Roadshow Alexandra

Wednesday 18th March

Alexandra Memorial Hall, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Waimate
AF8 Roadshow Waimate

Monday 23rd March

Regent Theatre, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Methven
AF8 Roadshow Methven

Thursday 26th March

Mt Hutt Memorial Hall, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Oxford
AF8 Roadshow Oxford

Monday 30th March

Oxford Town Hall, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Hanmer
AF8 Roadshow Hanmer

Tuesday 31st March

Hanmer Springs Memorial Hall, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Kaikoura
AF8 Roadshow Kaikoura

Thursday 2nd April

Kaikōura Memorial Hall, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Franz Josef
AF8 Roadshow Franz Josef

Tuesday 28th April

Alpine Cinema, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Karamea
AF8 Roadshow Karamea

Thursday 30th April

Karamea Area School, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Greymouth
AF8 Roadshow Greymouth

Friday 1st May

Coxon Hall, Greymouth High School, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Blenheim
AF8 Roadshow Blenheim

Tuesday 5th May

Marlborough Convention Centre, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Takaka
AF8 Roadshow Takaka

Thursday 7th May

Golden Bay High School Hall, 7pm

AF8 Roadshow Invercargill
AF8 Roadshow Invercargill

Thursday 4th June

Invercargill Workingmen’s Club

AF8 Roadshow Timaru
AF8 Roadshow Timaru

Date TBC


Science Speakers

Dr. Caroline Orchiston

Caroline is the Deputy Director at the Centre for Sustainability at the University of Otago. She is the Science Lead for Project AF8, a collaboration between Civil Defence and the science community to improve our ability to respond to a future Alpine Fault earthquake. Her research interests lie in the area of natural hazards and societal resilience, with a particular interest in the tourism sector. She is based in Dunedin with her husband Tom and their three children.

Dunedin | Alexandra | Invercargill

Prof. Tim Davies

Tim is a Professor in the School of Earth and Environment at University of Canterbury. His expertise is in natural hazards and risk, with an emphasis on landslides and fluvial geomorphology. He led the Geomorphology science that contributed to AF8.

Tim has a PhD in Civil Engineering from UK, and taught for over 20 years in Natural Resources Engineering at Lincoln University before moving to Canterbury in 2003.


Prof. Tom Wilson

Tom is a Professor of Disaster Risk and Resilience Engineering in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and the Co-Lead of the Rural Disaster Resilience programme of Resilience to Natures Challenge (MBIE National Science Challenge). His areas of interest include natural hazard risk assessment, with a focus on understanding and trying to mitigate the impacts of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to critical infrastructure systems and primary industries. He is one of the science leads of AF8.


Prof. Brendon Bradley

Brendon is a Professor of Earthquake Engineering in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and the Director of QuakeCoRE: The New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience, which is a network of over 180 active researchers.  His areas of interest include engineering seismology, strong ground motion prediction, seismic response analysis of structural and geotechnical systems, and seismic performance and loss estimation methods.


Dr. Rob Langridge

Rob is a Senior Scientist at GNS. He works as an Earthquake Geologist – someone who specifically studies the earthquake history and seismic hazard of faults. In New Zealand, Rob’s focus has been on the Alpine, Hope and Wellington faults. Lately Rob has been involved in the science response to the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.

Hanmer | Kaikōura | Blenheim

Dr. Kate Clark

Kate is a Senior Scientist at GNS Science. She works as an Earthquake Geologist, with a particular interest in the geological records of earthquakes and tsunamis that have impacted the coastline of New Zealand over the past 100’s to 1000’s of years. Kate has previously developed geological records of past large earthquakes on the Alpine fault in Fiordland, and she currently leads several projects that focus on understanding the seismic and tsunami hazard posed by the Hikurangi subduction zone.

Kaikōura | Blenheim

Associate Prof. Liam Wotherspoon

Liam is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Auckland. He is involved in engineering research across a range of natural hazards, with a particular focus on New Zealand’s infrastructure networks. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, and is on the leadership teams of a number of national research programmes with a focus on improving New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazard events.

Franz Josef | Greymouth

Dr. Jamie Howarth

Jamie is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington. His work uses sedimentary records of damaging earthquakes (paleoseismology) to increase our understanding of the seismic hazard poised by New Zealand’s plate boundary faults. Current projects include, combining long paleoseismic records and computer simulations to improve earthquake forecasts for the Alpine Fault; monitoring the response of mountain rivers to landslides produced by the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake; and generating records of past major earthquakes on the Hikurangi subduction zone using marine turbidites.

Franz Josef | Greymouth

Dr. Kelvin Berryman

Kelvin is currently General Manager Strategic Relationships for the Hazards Division of GNS Science. He is a geologist by training and now specialises in the geology of earthquakes and tsunami, in particular those associated with the Alpine Fault and Hikurangi subduction margin. He often works with engineers, planners, and policy makers on design of new structures, seismic safety assessment of infrastructure and disaster risk management. Kelvin was one of the principal spokespersons during the Canterbury earthquake sequence of 2010-11 and more recently in the aftermath of the 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake. In 2012 he received a Queens Service Order honour for services to science and Canterbury earthquake recovery.


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