In the first case study of a fire-affected community in New Zealand's rural-urban interface, researchers found evidence to support findings raised in other countries regarding evacuation, blaming behaviour and perceptions of risk. Differences were evident based on ownership tenure, including less awareness of wildfire risk and preparedness among those with shorter residency. The study also provides new evidence of wildfire highlighting or intensifying existing divisions within an affected community.
Jakes, Pamela J.; Kelly, Laura; Langer, Lisa. 2010. An exploration of a fire-affected community undergoing change in New Zealand. The Australian Journal of Emergency Management. 25(3): 48-53.