CanterburyPort Hills fires (Christchurch City and Selwyn District)

Tuesday 21 Feb - 1:06 pm

The State of Emergency covering Christchurch City and Selwyn District in relation to the Port Hills fires has been extended. For latest updates please see the Christchurch Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Facebook page and Christchurch City Council website


National CDEM Exercise Programme

The National CDEM Exercise Programme recognises that exercising needs to occur at all levels of the CDEM structure.

The delivery of CDEM in New Zealand is based on a devolved accountability approach with CDEM responsibilities at all levels of government, including central and local government, the emergency services and lifeline utilities. The expectation on government agencies, local authorities and others in response to emergencies is contained in the CDEM Act 2002 and the Guide to the National CDEM Plan. Clause 58 of the National CDEM Plan Order 2005 mandates the establishment of a National CDEM Exercise Programme.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM) is the overall National CDEM Exercise Programme sponsor. The programme is owned collectively by the 16 CDEM Groups and managed through a representative governance group. The programme recognises that exercising needs to occur at all levels of the CDEM structure. A four-tier approach to exercising has been adopted (see table below). Each tier is expected to be based on and informed by a consistent regime of planning, observation, evaluation, feedback and continuous improvement.

National CDEM Exercise Programme tier structure




Local exercise (individual organisation)


Group exercise (with CDEM Group)


Inter-Group exercise (across CDEM Groups, may include MCDEM)


National exercise (New Zealand or part thereof, including central government)