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National Capability Assessments

Information about National Capability Assessments and links to CDEM Capability Assessment reports

Conducting periodic national assessments is important because it will allow us all as a nation to see where our strengths and weaknesses are, to note any trends in capacity and capability, identify gaps, or areas for improvement, and to monitor our progress towards a 'Resilient New Zealand'.

A national assessment will also inform MCDEM's work programmes to support, guidance, research and investment, as appropriate.

National Capability Assessments will be requested of all agencies with responsibilities under the CDEM Act by the Director, under Section 8 (2)(f) of the Act. They will result in a ‘National Capability Assessment Report’ that will report status, trends and progress. It will not name any individuals, agencies or CDEM Groups specifically. The report will go to the CDEM sector and Government.

The second National Capability Assessment started with a pilot CDEM Group assessment in April 2014 - following revision of the Capability Assessment Tool and assessment process - and included other CDEM Groups between August 2014 and August 2015. The Assessment was complemeted in December 2015. The report is available here.

The first National Capability Assessment was run between 2009 and 2012 (extended because of the Christchurch Earthquake) and included the capability assessment of all 16 CDEM Groups. The results of this assessment can be found in the links below:


For further information about National Capability Assessments, please contact Jo Horrocks.