As one of New Zealand’s leading and most experienced experts in the field of natural hazard resilience and risk, Nick Rogers defines the term ‘trusted advisor’.
His experience and expertise is sought out and relied upon by local and central Government during times of crisis. He has been on the frontline of every major natural disaster affecting people’s lives and property for the last 38 years.
Nick was one of the first natural disaster specialists on the ground following the first earthquake to hit Canterbury in September 2010.
From his make-shift geotechnical field office near the earthquake epicentre he co-led an internationally unheralded geotechnical analysis of quake-affected land and drove the collation of all available information required by EQC and the Government for claims settlement and recovery purposes.
Nick worked directly with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister, Hon. Gerry Brownlee and CERA officials throughout the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence (CES) and directed the public Stage 1 and Stage 2 EQC land damage reports. His team's work formed the basis for the Government’s decision to red zone more than 5000 properties.
In 2013, he was one of four Tonkin + Taylor staff accorded Queen’s honours for their dedication to task, becoming a Companion of the Queens Service Order (QSO),
In 2016, Nick was responsible for developing the section of the Resilience Plan for Christchurch City on Understanding and Responding to Future Challenges - part of the 100 Resilient Cities project part-funded by the Rockefeller Foundation - ensuring that it was integrated into the International DRR frameworks.
Highly regarded internationally as well as on these shores, Nick Rogers has lent his expertise to a range of significant geotechnical and environmental projects across the Solomon Islands, Malaysia, Vietnam and Papua New Guinea.
He was also responsible for assisting the TA Manager and South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) staff members with planning, preparing and participating in ADB-Funded workshops in the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu.
Nick has been on the board of the New Zealand Transport Agency since 2013.