Brownlee to address disaster conference

1:14 pm on 1 July 2012

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee is flying to Japan on Sunday to speak at an international conference about the lessons learnt from natural disasters in New Zealand.

More than 300 people from 100 countries and international organisations are attending a ministerial conference on disaster reduction on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Japanese government is hosting the event in the city of Sendai, in Tohoku, which was struck by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

Mr Brownlee will give the keynote speech, talking about the Canterbury earthquakes.

He will also talk to delegates about how to prepare for a disaster and emergency responses.