We're developing a new National Disaster Resilience Strategy in collaboration with local and central government and key partners and stakeholders. This will replace the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Strategy. Read more here.
Under the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002, the Minister of Civil Defence must complete a National CDEM Strategy. The Strategy sits within the wider emergency management framework, which includes the National CDEM Plan and Guide, and supporting guidelines issued by the Director CDEM.
The Strategy sets out the overall direction for CDEM in New Zealand. It has a vision: Resilient New Zealand: communities understanding and managing their hazards. It also sets out principles and national level goals and objectives. Collectively, these define what we as New Zealanders want to achieve through our CDEM arrangements.
The Strategy was first developed following introduction of the CDEM Act in 2002 and revised in 2008. It will be revised and re-issued again before the end of 2018. By that time it is expected that the lessons from the Christchurch earthquakes will have been fully incorporated into CDEM arrangements and reflected in the Strategy.
Achievement of the vision defined in the Strategy requires the participation and commitment of the whole community including central government, local authorities, individual departments, businesses, volunteer organizations, and individual families.
The Strategy confirms five principles agreed by Cabinet that underpinned reforms resulting in the CDEM Act 2002. The principles are:
The Strategy contains four goals:
Each of these goals has a range of objectives supporting it.
In 2013, the Minister reported to Cabinet on the progress made in implementing the strategy.
A further report is due in 2016.