New Zealand Disasters: Our Response, Resilience and Recovery

Author(s): Maria Gill

NZ Non Fiction

Inspiring stories of courage, resilience and determination in the face of disaster.


New Zealanders have endured phenomenal natural and human disasters throughout the ages. This inspiring book documents some of these key moments in our history and, more importantly, how we responded and grew stronger; what changes/improvements were made as a result. Cyclones, tornadoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods, volcanic eruptions, fires, plane crashes, pandemics and other disasters are just some of the many themes covered in this comprehensive, vibrantly illustrated account.


Includes: Outcomes, Safety Tips, and What to Do in an Emergency.

Ruth's Review:


Taupo's supervolcano 27,000 years ago, the 1947 Ballantyne's fire, the 1979 Mt Erebus plane crash and 2010 Pike River Mine disaster are just some of the 37 New Zealand disasters recorded in this comprehensive illustrated account.

Gill documents key moments in our history, covering cyclones, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, fires, plane crashes and pandemics; what happened, how we responded and what changes or improvements have been made. Safety and emergency tips, as well as sections on first responders and essential workers are included.

Gill and Ivancic won the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year in 2016 for Anzac Heroes and this collaboration is another winning combination of concise text, lists of facts, photos, diagrams and dramatic illustrations, as well as a map locating each disaster, a glossary and an index.

Recent disasters include the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and the 2019 Whakaari/White Island eruption and Nelson wildfire.

A fascinating, easy-to-read resource for ages 8 to 14.

$30.00(NZD)

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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9781775436218
  • : Scholastic New Zealand Limited
  • : Scholastic New Zealand
  • : February 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Maria Gill
  • : Hardback
  • : Marco Ivancic
  • : 64