Engineering for Earthquakes – Guided City Walks

Engineering for Earthquakes – Guided City Walks

Join engineering experts on two guided walking tours through Wellington’s seismic past, where the hidden stories of familiar buildings will be told through advancements in engineering ingenuity.

As Wellington has grown and developed, so has our understanding of the impact of earthquakes on buildings. Approaches to earthquake strengthening are varied, and many of our significant buildings have undergone various iterations of seismic resilience upgrades to protect them. The walks will include buildings you pass every day and will uncover “how did they do that?” feats of engineering.

Historically, New Zealand in general and Wellington, in particular, has been one of the epicentres of earthquake engineering technology, research and development. The tour will reveal evidence of different generations of development and implementation, often hiding in plain sight.

While the walks will cover the history and present condition of recognisable and unfamiliar buildings and locations, they should also inspire attendees to think about the future of the city.

Each tour explores a different part of the city – one looking at locations around Te Papa and Te Aro, the other covering locations close to Parliament.


Tour Programme:

SOLD OUT - Parliament & CBD: 6pm Thursday 29 October. Meet outside the Parliament Visitor Centre near the Beehive.

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A FEW TICKETS REMAIN - Te Papa & Te Aro: 1:30pm Saturday 31 Oct. Meet on the forecourt outside the main entrance to Te Papa

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Feel free to ask the hosts questions on the day – that’s what they’re there for!

Please dress for the weather as the walk will mostly be outside. In the event of bad weather, an alternative date and time will be arranged.

For anyone unable to attend, a mobile, self-guided version of the tours will be made available via STQRY.

Limited to 20 per tour.

Image credit: Stephanie So


Booking is required.

Location: Thurs 29 Oct tour, meet outside the Parliament Visitor Centre near the Beehive. Sat 31st Oct tour, meet on the forecourt outside the main entrance to Te Papa

Cost: Free

Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Contact: upchurmich@myvuw.ac.nz, 021 213 1942

Accessibility: The tour will involve walking through public spaces around the city so normal pedestrian hazards are expected. At least two hosts and two stewards will lead each party and help guide participants around any hazards.

Adrian Ferguson (WelTec), Engineering New Zealand, & Victoria University of Wellington's Museum & Heritage Practice

This event is organised by Adrian Ferguson (WelTec) and local engineering experts, with the support of Engineering New Zealand and postgraduate students from Victoria University of Wellington's Museum & Heritage Practice programme.

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