about WURM

Welcome to my  site which I have tentatively named Wellington Urban Resilience Movement*.

The concept for this site has stemmed from my interest in permaculture, and my concerns about the impending threats of peak oil and climate change and how they will effect my family in the future.

My hope is to network with Wellington groups and individuals with similar outlooks and concerns and start to form a resource of knowledge and learnings about urban resilience and sustainability.


This site is currently under construction, but until I get it off the ground I would be very keen to hear from you about ways you are building resilience for yourself and your community


While living in Scotland, I started to look at ways I could use permaculture in my own back yard to build at least some home-grown sustenance to help lighten our heavy reliance imported food and how I could help my family and community to be more resilient in the face of external influences that we have no control over. Initially, I was motivated to try to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and oil-based products and became involved in the inception of Transition Stirling, a community enterprise founded on Rob Hopkins’ Transition Towns movement.

However, since moving to Wellington from Scotland in 2014, I have come to realise that there is another imminent threat that people in New Zealand live with every day. In the event of a major earthquake, Wellington could be cut off without food and water “for up to seventy days“.

Earthquakes are an everyday phenomenon in New Zealand, with most going unnoticed, but the threat of a big one is very real. In November 2016, I experienced the biggest shake of my life as the 7.8 magnitude Kaikoura quake rippled up the South Island, triggering quakes in adjacent fault lines close to Wellington. Damage to Wellington buildings was minimal compared to the impacts down south. However, it reinforced for me the importance of being prepared as a family and getting my home in the best state possible to help provide for us should such an event ever occur.

Resilience refers to the ability of a system, whether it be individuals, small groups, communities or whole economies, to hold together and maintain their ability to function in the face of shocks from the outside.  To do this as individuals can be difficult, albeit not impossible. However, we live in  this buzzing, vibrant village-of-a-city, and are naturally drawn towards others. Making connections is key, and building resilience with others is not only fun, it helps to foster the relationships we all need to get through, should things suddenly become really tough.

*or Menagerie, or Mob, or Mess, or Murder, or some other collective noun starting with ‘M’