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Conference 2017 - Videos now available

23 Aug 2017

09:10 AM

We videoed the speakers from this years Future of Emergency Management Conference to help us share the lessons and ideas from our domestic and international experts and speakers as far and wide as possible. These are now available via our Youtube channel.

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Results of the Disaster Preparedness Survey for 2017 now available

08 Aug 2017

02:10 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has released the results of the Colmar Brunton disaster preparedness survey for 2017. This annual survey of 1000 New Zealanders assesses disaster preparedness and the effectiveness of our public education programme.

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Wellington Earthquake National Initial Response Plan version 1.1 now available

24 Jul 2017

09:10 AM

This version (1.1) of the WENIRP has been developed post the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake in order to ensure that, if a major aftershock occurred affecting the Wellington region, an effective response could be initiated.

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Exercise Tangaroa post-exercise report.

21 Jun 2017

01:10 PM

This report provides an overview of Exercise Tangaroa 2016 and summarises the key findings derived from evaluation and feedback provided about the Exercise

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National transition period extended for Kaikōura quake recovery

16 Mar 2017

11:10 AM

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has given notice of an extension to the national transition period in Kaikōura and Hurunui Districts and the Wairau-Awatere ward of Marlborough District.

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Media remain committed when disaster strikes

14 Mar 2017

03:10 PM

A longstanding agreement between Civil Defence Emergency Management authorities and national broadcasters has been renewed and strengthened.

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Funding to improve natural hazard resilience

07 Feb 2017

09:10 AM

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced $889,000 of funding grants to boost New Zealand’s resilience to natural hazards and their consequences.

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2016 National Lifelines Forum Documents Now Available

12 Jan 2017

09:10 AM

Key presentations and documents from the 2016 National Lifelines Forum are now available to view and download.

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Tomorrow is World Tsunami Awareness Day

04 Nov 2016

12:10 PM

The UN General Assembly has made 5 November World Tsunami Awareness Day with the first one being held this year. It’s a chance for all of us to find out more about tsunami and how to prepare for them.

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2016-2020 Business Plan now available

31 Oct 2016

06:10 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management Business Plan 2016-2020 is now available.

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Videos now available - 'Future of Emergency Management' Conference 2016

20 Sep 2016

10:10 AM

If you missed our 2016 Conference, or if you attended but cant quite remember some of the finer detail, never fear, videos are here.

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2017/2018 Resilience Fund applications open

11 Aug 2016

11:10 AM

The 2017/2018 Resilience Fund is open for applications and will close on 1 October 2016.

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Revised National Tsunami Advisory and Warning Plan now available

05 Aug 2016

05:10 PM

The revised National Tsunami Advisory and Warning Plan [SP 01/16] is now available.

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Never Happens? Happens campaign launched

20 Jul 2016

11:10 AM

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye has announced the launch of a new campaign encouraging Kiwis to be better prepared for emergencies.

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Cascadia Rising tests US and Canada

23 Jun 2016

01:10 PM

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management National Operations Team Leader Jo Guard recently attended the International Observer Programme for Cascadia Rising – a major earthquake and tsunami exercise held in the US and Canada over the period 7-10 June 2016.

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Funding boost to improve NZ’s resilience to natural hazards

22 Jun 2016

11:10 AM

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that eight regions have been awarded funding grants from the 2016 Resilience Fund, an annual fund of $889,000 administered by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM).

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CDEM Award winners announced

02 Jun 2016

08:10 AM

CDEM Award winners were announced at the Ministerial Awards and Conference Dinner on Wednesday 1 June.

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National Conference Programme and Workshop information

27 May 2016

02:10 PM

We’re looking forward to a week of discussion and development with our Conference and Workshops on 31st- 3rd June.

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National Conference speakers announced and new workshop

11 May 2016

11:10 AM

With just over three weeks to go, we’re pleased to reveal that speakers will include the Hon. Nikki Kaye (Minister for Civil Defence and Emergency Management), Sir Ray Avery (pharmaceutical scientist, inventor, and social entrepreneur), Dr Norman Chom (strategist, organisational development and ‘future-builder’), Dr Chris Galloway (Massey University senior lecturer specialising in risk and crisis communications) and Said Faisal (executive director of the AHA Centre).

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No Tsunami Threat to NZ from Vanuatu 6.9 Earthquake

03 Apr 2016

09:10 PM

MCDEM has assessed the information about tonight's quake with the assistance of scientific advisors. Based on current information, the initial assessment is that the earthquake is unlikely to have caused a tsunami that will pose a threat to New Zealand.

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Updated Tsunami Evacuation Zones: Directors’ Guideline for CDEM Groups

17 Feb 2016

03:10 PM

The updated Tsunami Evacuation Zones: Directors’ Guideline for CDEM Groups [DGL 08/16] has been published.

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New Ministry of Health advice on infant feeding in an emergency

15 Feb 2016

03:10 PM

The Ministry of Health has published advice for health practitioners, district health board emergency management staff and consumers on infant feeding in an emergency.

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New National Capability Assessment Report

16 Dec 2015

12:10 PM

A new Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management report shows that civil defence organisations across the country are much better prepared to deliver for their communities today than they were three years ago.

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New response planning guideline published

10 Dec 2015

09:10 AM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has published a new guideline on response planning. Response planning is the coordination of separate functions and support agencies into a cohesive, unified whole to achieve the Controller’s response objectives.

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Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015

27 Nov 2015

11:10 AM

The Ministry has just released the new Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 (the Guide). The Guide sets out the arrangements, roles, and responsibilities of agencies for the national management, or support to local management, of emergencies. The Guide incorporates the wording of the new National CDEM Plan 2015, which states the principles, arrangements, and frameworks that apply to the management of emergencies. The Guide supports this wording with further detail, diagrams, and operational information.

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Proposed new law will help communities recover from emergencies

11 Nov 2015

03:10 PM

A proposed law change to help communities recover from small to moderate scale emergencies has started to make its way through Parliament. The Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Bill has been introduced to Parliament.

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Communities to benefit from new guidance to manage welfare services in emergencies

05 Nov 2015

04:10 PM

Improvements are being made to how welfare services are coordinated and delivered to communities when there is an emergency. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has just released a new guideline governing how, when and where welfare services should be delivered in emergencies.

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More than 100 actions in place to better prepare NZ for managing an emergency

20 Oct 2015

09:10 AM

New Zealand is now better at planning for emergencies and supporting the public in them, with over 100 recommendations from the Independent Review of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Response to the Christchurch Earthquake now actioned

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NZ earthquake drill leads the world

15 Oct 2015

04:10 PM

Initial results show that official sign-ups for New Zealand ShakeOut 2015 have beaten the 2012 national earthquake drill, with over 1.35 million Kiwis signed up this year.

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Seven day countdown to ShakeOut drill

08 Oct 2015

01:10 PM

With just seven days to go until New Zealand’s national ShakeOut earthquake drill, a challenge is going out to every business and family in the country to sign up now to help them ‘get ready and get thru’ if there is a disaster.

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National Tsunami Warning cancelled - 18th September 2015

18 Sep 2015

02:10 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has cancelled the National Tsunami Warning (Marine and Beach Threat) issued yesterday after the earthquake near Chile. The National Warning no longer needs to be in place as the threat to New Zealand’s East Coast and Chatham Islands has largely passed. We expect that there may be some unusual water conditions for the next 24-36 hours and advise people to be cautious and use discretion before going into the water or going out in small board. We expect things to be back to normal within that 36 hour period.

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Chile earthquake - tsunami warning marine and beach threat

17 Sep 2015

02:10 PM

A tsunami warning marine and beach threat has been issued for East Cape, Chatham Islands, Coromandel and Banks Peninsula. Overnight (17.09.15) people in these areas should follow this advice: 1. Stay out of the water (sea, rivers and estuaries, including boating activities) 2. Stay off beaches and shore areas 3. Do not go sightseeing 4. Share this information with family, neighbours and friends 5. Listen to the radio and/or TV for updates 6. Follow instructions of local civil defence authorities.

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Managing the risks of tsunami in New Zealand – Summary of Key Measures

03 Sep 2015

12:10 PM

The Earthquake Commission has commissioned research that looks at the tsunami risks facing New Zealand.

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e-Bulletin August 2015

25 Aug 2015

08:10 AM

The Ministry publishes e-Bulletin eight months a year to provide short, quick updates about civil defence emergency management (CDEM) and related information. It is for people in the CDEM sector and those with an interest in CDEM. This edition features a foreword from the Director, the Storm event and Whanganui River Flood of June 2015; Canterbury Group Annual Welfare Forum, Clutha Kids get Clued-Up; Papamoa College students prepare for ShakeOut; CIMS 4 Training for Bay of Plenty and Nelson-Tasman and more.

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Central North Island Flooding June 2015 – Recovery Information

30 Jul 2015

11:10 AM

The Manwatu-Whanganui and Taranaki regions are now in the recovery phase following the heavy rain and flooding event of June 2015.

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e-Bulletin July 2015

27 Jul 2015

12:10 PM

The Ministry publishes e-Bulletin eight months a year to provide short, quick updates about civil defence emergency management (CDEM) and related information. It is for people in the CDEM sector and those with an interest in CDEM. This edition features a foreword from the Director, June 2015 floods, the New Zealand Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction, New Zealand ShakeOut update, Southland utilises social media for snow warnings, Youth Looking Beyond Disaster and more.

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Consultation on the draft Revised Guide to the National CDEM Plan 2015 (17 July - 11 September)

17 Jul 2015

01:10 PM

The draft Revised Guide to the National CDEM Plan 2015 (the revised Guide) outlines New Zealand’s arrangements for the national management or support for local management of emergencies.

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June 2015 Impact Magazine

25 Jun 2015

12:10 PM

Impact is published quarterly by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management on topics of interest to the civil defence emergency management sector. The aim is to share information and lessons, and to celebrate successes. This edition features a foreword from the Director; articles about flooding in the Wellington region, Otago helps to strengthen Indonesian resilience, Earthquakes fuel public interest, New Zealand ShakeOut, CDEM Controllers Development Programme and more.

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Update on regions affected by flooding

21 Jun 2015

01:10 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management has activated the National Crisis Management Centre this morning to be ready to support regions affected by flooding.

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Sign language interpreter Jeremy Borland backing New Zealand ShakeOut

16 Jun 2015

04:10 PM

Sign language interpreter Jeremy Borland is the latest prominent New Zealander to get behind New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill, taking place at 9:15am, 15 October 2015.

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Logistics guideline published

12 Jun 2015

01:10 PM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management today (Friday 12 June 2015) published Logistics in CDEM: Director's Guidelines for Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups. This will complete another recommendation from the Review of the CDEM Response to the 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake.

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Earthquake preparedness advice updated

11 Jun 2015

10:10 AM

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management has published updated advice about how to prepare for earthquakes.

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More than 250,000 registered for New Zealand ShakeOut

11 Jun 2015

01:10 PM

More than 250,000 people have already registered to take part in New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill.

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Revised National CDEM Plan

05 Jun 2015

11:10 AM

Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye announced today (Friday 5 June 2015) that Cabinet approved the new National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan, which was given formal approval by the Governor General on 2 June 2015 and made as Order in Council.

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Get Ready to 'Get Thru' winter

25 May 2015

09:10 AM

With winter approaching the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is using social media to help make sure New Zealanders are prepared. A series of tweets and facebook posts will be shared at the end of May to highlight the importance of learning about disasters, having a household emergency plan, having emergency survival items and preparing a getaway kit.

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e-Bulletin May 2015

20 May 2015

08:10 AM

The Ministry publishes e-Bulletin eight months a year to provide short, quick updates about civil defence emergency management (CDEM) and related information. It is for people in the CDEM sector and those with an interest in CDEM. This edition features a foreword from the Director, Wanaka earthquake tests QLDC systems, Tangimoana flood response put to the test, Bay of Plenty CDEM support oil spill response, Southland Lifeline Utilities Map viewer and more.

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e-Bulletin April 2015

22 Apr 2015

07:10 AM

The Ministry publishes e-Bulletin eight months a year to provide short, quick updates about civil defence emergency management (CDEM) and related information. It is for people in the CDEM sector and those with an interest in CDEM. This edition features a foreword from the Director, CDEM Group responses' to Cyclone Pam; Thanking those who Volunteer and Service; National Crisis Management Centre review, Neighbours Day Aotearoa celebrated, and more.

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Pacific Tsunami Warning System 50th Anniversary

17 Apr 2015

09:10 AM

The warning system which provides coordinated tsunami threat information to countries throughout the Pacific marks its 50th anniversary next week. New Zealand will play a part in an International Tsunami Symposium in Hawaii on April 20 and 21 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS), and a subsequent meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) of the PTWS from 22-24 April.

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March 2015 Impact Magazine

30 Mar 2015

10:10 AM

Impact is published quarterly by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management on topics of interest to the civil defence emergency management sector. The aim is to share information and lessons, and to celebrate successes. This edition features a foreword from the Minister; articles about flooding in Westport, Taranaki targets whanau resilience, new CDEM website for Hawke's Bay, Auckland CDEM helps swot Auckland fruit fly and more.

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MPI Fruit Fly response continues

25 Feb 2015

08:10 AM

The Ministry for Primary Industries is taking urgent action to eradicate the fruit fly population discovered in Auckland and is confident of success given the resources and expertise at its disposal.

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