MCDEM also provides guidance for the CDEM sector on recovery, including Director’s Guidelines, Fact Sheets, and other resources.
The CDEM Amendment Act 2016 strengthens the legislative framework for recovery to help communities get back on their feet more quickly after an emergency. The majority of the Amendment Act came into force on 29 November 2016 to allow provisions to be used to support recovery from the Hurunui/Kaikōura earthquake sequence.
Although its focus is on recovery from small to medium events, the Amendment Act is not limited to these types of emergencies. Its provisions can be used in a large scale emergency until any bespoke legislation is created.
The Amendment Act amends the CDEM Act to:
The CDEM Act provides for CDEM Groups to give notice of a transition period following an emergency, whether a state of local emergency has been declared or not. The purpose of the transition period is to aid recovery by providing powers to manage, co-ordinate, or direct recovery activities.
Local transition periods have a maximum duration of 28 days. They may be extended (for up to another 28 days) or terminated at any time.
During a transition period, Recovery Managers have access to powers. Refer to Recovery Managers for further information on these powers.
The CDEM Regulations 2003 include forms for giving notice, extending and terminating a national or local transition period.
Word versions of these forms can be found here [hyperlink to Forms and Templates heading/page]
Goal four of the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Strategy focuses on recovery. The goal is to enhance New Zealand’s capability to recovery from civil defence emergencies.
The National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015 sets out the roles and responsibilities of agencies and groups during recovery. Part 9 of the CDEM Plan covers the objectives and principles of recovery, transitioning from response to recovery, transition periods and recovery activities.
The CDEM Plan also covers Government financial support to local authorities during recovery.
Section 32 of the Guide to the National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan provides information on the objectives and principles of recovery. It also covers activities in transiting from response to recovery, recovery structures, national and CDEM Group roles and responsibilities, and exit strategies.
The purpose of this guideline is to provide a coordinated framework for recovery planning and management in New Zealand. It is to help CDEM Groups understand recovery so they can develop effective CDEM Group recovery plans. The guideline identifies all the components as well as pre– and post-event recovery activities and is designed to provide practical advice for developing recovery plans.
Section 4.4 of the CDEM Group Planning provides guidance on the recovery contents of CDEM Group Plans.
Focus on Recovery provides a framework for recovery planning and management in New Zealand for local government, Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Groups and government departments.
Factsheets were developed to provide further information on the CDEM Amendment Act 2016. The factsheets cover changes to the Act, transition periods, powers of Recovery Managers and the Minister of Civil Defence (and recording and reporting on the use of powers), recovery planning, structural assessment and miscellaneous information.
A template for recording powers exercised during a transition period is included in the factsheet Advice on recording powers used during a transition period (.pdf 631kb)
The template is designed to be used by Group Recovery Managers or Local Recovery Managers when providing consolidated recovery reporting to the Ministry following an emergency. The template has been developed over the last 5 years of recovery reporting. CDEM Groups can make any minor changes they need (such as deleting references to TA's if not applicable), but are asked to retain all sections and report on all indicated content.
Recovery Action Plan template for use during recovery.