Rebekah is driven by making an impact on the world through preparing for and effectively responding to natural disasters and climate change. Rebekah works across various levels of council, government and private organisations throughout New Zealand, Pacific and Asia to help reduce disaster risk and build resilience from the community up through sustainable development.
Rebekah has played an integral role in developing Tonkin + Taylor’s expertise in the International Development and Humanitarian Space throughout Asia and the Pacific. This has included the development of early warning systems and carrying out climate change and natural hazard risk assessments. She has also completed disaster impact modelling for the Rohingya refugee camp and surrounding Bangladeshi community and rapid damage mapping in response to a number of natural disasters including Tropical Cyclone Gita and the Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.
This work resulted in Rebekah being deployed to Tonga for two months in 2019 supporting the National Emergency Management Office. Rebekah provides ongoing support to the wider New Zealand NGO community through her secondment as Humanitarian Coordinator in 2019 and since ongoing relationship with the Council for International Development.
Rebekah has supported clients, such as Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport, to develop a number of climate change and natural hazard risk frameworks. This work is carried out with collaboration at its heart, involving significant stakeholder engagement and workshop design and facilitation.