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Legislation and regulations relating to CDEM

Legislation relating to CDEM is not just limited to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. A number of other Acts also play a role in CDEM.


Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Act 2002

The Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002 creates a framework within which New Zealand can prepare for, deal with, and recover from local, regional and national emergencies.

Find out more about the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.


Civil Defence Emergency Management Regulations 2003

The CDEM Regulations 2003 came into force on 1 June 2003. They cover:

  • The form and use of the civil defence logo
  • The form for search warrants
  • The forms for declaring, extending, and terminating a state of national or local emergency.

Civil Defence Emergency Management Regulations 2003


Civil Defence Emergency Management (Transition Period Notices) Amendment Regulations 2017

The CDEM (Transition Period Notices) Amendment Regulations 2017 come into force on 1 June 2017.  They provide forms for giving notice of,  extending and terminating a national or local transition period. 

Civil Defence Emergency Management (Transition Period Notices) Amendment Regulations 2017


Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016

The Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 strengthens the legislative framework for recovery to help communities get back on their feet more quickly after an emergency.

The Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 passed just four days before the November 14 earthquake but was not due to come into force until next year. Most of the Act's provisions were brought forward by the Civil Defence Emergency Management Amendment Act 2016 Amendment Act 2016 to enable a smoother and more effective transition from the response phase to recovery.


Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Bill

The Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Bill enables the next phase of recovery of the main affected areas (Kaikōura, Hurunui, Marlborough and Wellington) following the earthquake sequence that started on 14 November 2016 with a magnitude 7.8 earthquake 15km north-east of Culverden in the South island.

Regulatory Impact Statement: Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery Bill (.pdf 163kb)


Other CDEM Related Legislation

Legislation relating to CDEM is not just limited to the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002. A number of other Acts also play a role in CDEM by, for example, regulating activities of particular CDEM participants, assisting in land use planning, hazard identification and management, and emergency response. These Acts may be useful as reference points for those wanting additional information about a particular issue in the CDEM Act 2002. They include (but are not limited to) the:

Biosecurity Act 1993

Building Act 2004

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Act 2011

Defence Act 1990

Earthquake Commission Act 1993

Epidemic Preparedness Act 2006

Fire Service Act 1975

Forest and Rural Fires Act 1977

Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996

Health Act 1956

Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992

Local Government Act 2002

Maritime Transport Act 1994

Public Works Act 1981

Resource Management Act 1991