Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups (CDEM Groups) are a core component of the CDEM Act 2002.
16 CDEM Groups have been formed across New Zealand as committees of elected councillors from each council within regional boundaries.
The Group delivers CDEM through its executives, planners and operational staff of the many agencies involved in CDEM. Groups can be viewed as a consortium of the local authorities in a region working in partnership with emergency services, lifeline utilities and government departments, amongst other things, to:
The CDEM Act 2002 provides more information on the formation of CDEM Groups
CDEM Groups are also explained in Section 5 of the Guide to the National CDEM Plan.
Under the Act, every CDEM Group must prepare and approve a Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan (CDEM Plan). These plans must state and provide for:
The Act requires that CDEM Groups consult with the public over the development of their CDEM Group Plan and that interested persons may make submissions about the proposed plan to the CDEM Group. Each CDEM Group Plan must be reviewed after five years in operation.