A National Transition Period provides for a National Recovery Manager to coordinate recovery activity if needed across the three district councils, the Canterbury Regional Council and central government agencies. This could be to address complex or multiregional issues that run across local boundaries, like the roading or rail network.
A National Transition Period gives both local and national civil defence emergency management authorities the ability to take action to protect people from any ongoing dangers or new ones that might arise in the transition period. It also allows communities to get on with their recovery activities.
Further information about the new recovery legislation is available at Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016.